Team India opener Rohit Sharma is one of the modern-day great batsmen. His effortless timing matched with destructive instincts makes him an exciting player. Recently, former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan opined that on-field approach of Rohit is quite similar to another former cricketer Wasim Jaffer.
Growing up, Rohit has shared the Mumbai dressing room on innumerable occasions with Jaffer. The former India opener, who announced his retirement earlier this year is a stalwart when it comes to first-class cricket. Jaffer, who will coach Uttarakhand in the upcoming season had a unique sense of calmness inside the field which reflected on his batting.
Rohit has an approach like Wasim Jaffer – Irfan Pathan
Meanwhile, during a chat show on the Star Sports’ Cricket Connected, Irfan Pathan drew similarities between Wasim Jaffer and Rohit Sharma. The former all-rounder also emphasised on how Rohit’s mindset changed after he missed out on the World Cup in 2011.
“Lot of people are mistaken when they see a guy who has a lot of time and he (Wasim Jaffer) is slightly more relaxed than compared to Rohit. Then you say he needs to work hard!
Same things were said about Wasim Jaffer when you look at his aura. When he used to run very relaxedly when he used to bat he had a lot of time and we used to think – why isn’t he working hard. But actually, he was working really hard,” Irfan said.
Adding further, Irfan Pathan mentioned that his relaxed attitude doesn’t stop him from dismissing the bowlers. The Baroda-born cricketer also spoke highly of Mumbai Indians skipper. Rohit Sharma is the most successful IPL skipper with four titles to his name.
“Whenever you talk to Rohit Sharma, he used to always talk about sensible things. He used to always talk about working hard and he used to always talk about the team first as well. Thus, you see some of the results he has achieved at the captain of the Mumbai Indians team,” he said.