Veteran Team India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed an interesting discussion between him and Virat Kohli about who is the most challenging batter for a captain to deal with. Virat Kohli asked Ashwin about which batter is a ‘captain’s nightmare’. The spinner initially thought it was former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, however, Virat Kohli opined Rohit Sharma.
Ravichandran Ashwin revealed the full chat in a video on his YouTube channel. Virat Kohli has on many occasions praised Rohit Sharma’s batting prowess. The duo share a mutual admiration for each other. In his chat with Ashwin, Kohli shared that he feels Rohit Sharma is a ‘captain’s nightmare’ during the death overs. Recalling the conversation, Ashwin said,
“5-6 years back, Virat Kohli and I had a discussion while Rohit was batting. I don’t remember which match it was. Seeing Rohit bat, I was thinking, ‘Where do you even bowl to him?”
“If Rohit is set after 15-20 overs, you wouldn’t know where to bowl him. Virat asked me, ‘Do you know who is a captain’s nightmare at the death?’ I asked ‘Is it (MS) Dhoni? Kohli was like, ‘No, it is Rohit. When I asked him why, he said you won’t know where to bowl,” he added.
Ravi Ashwin and Virat Kohli watching Rohit Sharma's batting six years ago.
Virat Kohli to Ashwin: Do you know who's a captain's nightmare at the end-overs?
Ashwin: It's MS Dhoni.
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Rohit Sharma makes batting look so effortless and easy: Ravichandran Ashwin
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin further showered praise on Rohit Sharma. He expressed that the Indian skipper has all the shots in his repertoire and makes batting look easy. Recalling his conversation with Virat Kohli, Ashwin said in the video,
“If Rohit Sharma is batting at the end of the 16th over in a T20, where will you bowl? He has got all the shots in the book and once he played an extraordinary knock in Chinnaswamy stadium that Kohli can never forget, it seems. Rohit Sharma has got all the shots, and he makes it look so effortless and easy.”
Rohit Sharma recently went past 10,000 runs in ODI cricket. He became the sixth Indian to achieve this feat, and the second fastest overall. He got to the landmark in his 241st innings in the format. Indian batter Virat Kohli tops the chart getting to the feat in 205 innings.