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Veteran Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has heaped praise on the vice-captain of the India National Cricket Team, Rohit Sharma and said that he puts in a lot of hard work which people do not acknowledge. Irfan Pathan also said that Rohit always keeps his team at the top priority and then thinks about individual performances. Irfan praised Rohit Sharma for his quality as the skipper of Mumbai Indians.
Rohit Sharma is one of the finest talents in the India National Cricket Team at the moment. Although Rohit made his international debut in the year 2007, it was in 2013 that his true potential came to the foray as former Indian skipper MS Dhoni promoted him as an opening batsman in the 2013 Champions Trophy. India went on to win the tournament and since then, Rohit Sharma has not looked back in his career.
Now, Irfan Pathan has heaped praise on the vice-captain of the Indian team and said that Rohit always puts in a lot of hard work to improve his game.
Irfan Pathan Lavishes Praise On Rohit Sharma
Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, former India all-rounder Irfan spoke about how Rohit always worked hard in early years even if his body language suggested otherwise.
“Lot of people are mistaken when they see a guy who has lot of time and he 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 he used to run very relaxed, when he used to bat he had lot of time and we used to think — why isn’t he working hard — but actually, he was working really hard,” Irfan said.
“Similarly with Rohit, from outside we used to think he might need to work more harder, he might need to put more application. 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, that is why you see some of the results he got at the captain of the Mumbai Indians team. He got the beating of not playing the World Cup and then came back really hard because of a strong mindset after 2012,” Irfan Pathan added.
Rohit Sharma Has Been Phenomenal For Team India
Statistically, Rohit Sharma is one of India’s greatest-ever ODI batsman. The swashbuckling right-hander has played a total of 224 ODIs scoring 9115 runs at a staggering average of 49.27 with 29 centuries and 43 half-centuries, 5 of those centuries coming in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He is the only batsman in world cricket to have smashed 3 double hundreds in the ODI with 264* being his highest score, which is the highest-ever individual score in ODIs.
The flamboyant Mumbaikar has also played 32 Test matches and scored 2141 runs at an average of 46.54 with six centuries and 19 centuries. Regular injury concerns have kept Rohit away from the longest format of the game, the recent miss being the India-New Zealand Test series. His T20I career average has been32.62 wherein he has scored 2773 runs in 108 games with four centuries and 21 half-centuries.