Former national selector and India batsman Sandeep Patil believes that opener Rohit Sharma is currently better than Virat Kohli when it comes to limited-overs cricket.
“Virat Kohli fans might not like it but I have to say Rohit Sharma is currently the better batsman,” Patil told ABP News. “Virat is definitely a great batsman, no doubt about it. He is India’s best Test batsman but when it comes to limited overs cricket, Rohit is ahead of him.”
Virat has scored 1,460 runs in 26 ODIs at an average of 76.80, while Rohit has 1,293 runs in 21 matches at an average of 71.80. In T20Is this year, the Mumbai batsman aggregates 299 runs from 10 matches, which includes a record-century against Sri Lanka, compared to Kohli’s 256 runs in eight matches.
Rohit also scored his third double century in ODIs this year, an unbeaten 208 in Mohali. So, numbers back the former Kenya coach.
“I’m sure Virat’s going to come back from [his] break and score lots of runs in South Africa but when we talk about limited-overs cricket this year, Rohit has been unbelievable,” Patil said.
“People may say he has played more matches against Sri Lanka but so has Virat. Whether he is playing only as a batsman or as captain Rohit has proved he is best at the moment.”