At present, Rohit is on the helm of the Indian cricket group within the ongoing Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. He has emerged as the highest run-scorer for India within the match, amassing a formidable whole of 194 runs in 4 innings. What’s exceptional is his stellar batting common of 64.66 and a placing strike charge of 108.98, that includes three well-deserved half-centuries.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, de Villiers underscored Rohit’s unbelievable journey in ODIs. He identified how Rohit initially made a sluggish begin within the format however ultimately turned the second quickest participant to achieve the milestone of 10,000 runs in ODIs.
“Rohit was fourth slowest to 2,000 runs, however the second quickest to 10,000. How’s that for a comeback? I’ve a whole lot of respect for him,” he mentioned.
“The primary time I watched him play, I believed this man has bought one thing particular to supply. What I like most about him – from a really younger age, he is all the time had a preventing spirit. He wouldn’t again all the way down to anybody.”
Rohit is the sixth Indian to enter the ten,000 ODI runs membership after Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Rahul Dravid. He’s additionally the second-fastest to take action after former skipper and present teammate Kohli.
De Villiers additionally recollected how Rohit took on fierce South African pacers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel throughout a Durban Check.
“I consider a Check match in Durban the place he simply would not stand again to Dale Steyn or Morne Morkel or any of our quick bowlers. He would make eye contact,” he mentioned.
“If anybody chirped him, he can be proper of their face, chest out. I all the time preferred that.”
De Villiers additionally praised younger India opener Shubman Gill, who has been on a roll on the Asia Cup alongside his opening associate and skipper Rohit.
“Very apparently, he (Rohit) has had an unbelievable partnership with Shubman Gill. Two fighters on the crease is all the time a harmful factor for the opposition.
“As a gap pair, they’re averaging 87-odd (95) with a strike charge of 110. If they will try this for India within the World Cup…,” he mentioned.
Gill is the second-highest run-scorer for India within the match, amassing 154 runs in 4 innings at a mean of 51.33, together with a few fifties and a prime knock of an unbeaten 67.
India will probably be enjoying Sri Lanka within the last in Colombo on Sunday.
(With PTI Inputs)