Rohit Sharma Is An Unbelievable Player: Nathan Coulter-Nile
Heaping praise on India star Rohit Sharma, Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile is hopeful the hosts will get rid of the ‘unbelievable player’ early in the innings.
Speaking ahead of the the first T20I at the Gabba, Coulter-Nile stated that he and his fellow Western Australian Jason Behrendorff would look to replicate the sort of new ball success they had against Rohit in India a year ago, where he was twice dismissed cheaply.
“He’s an unbelievable player. His record speaks for itself. He’s got a good record all around the world, so he’s a definite player to watch,” Coulter-Nile said. “But we’ve also had a bit of success against him with the new ball as well. I think ‘Dorff’ (Jason Behrendorff) got him out last time we played him and rapped him on the pads, so we’ll look to do that again early.”
“Everyone knows he’s a fantastic option up front. He’ll swing it here and it’s beautiful conditions for it today, hopefully, same sort of conditions (on Wednesday), it’ll swing early. Hopefully, we hold our chances, because he’ll definitely create a few,” added Coulter-Nile.
Rohit is having a sensation year with the bat in limited-overs cricket. Following a dismal tour of South Africa, he has not looked back. So far, he has amassed 1,030 runs in ODIs and 560 runs in T20Is this year. He has already scored two centuries in T20Is this year. During the T20I series against Windies, he became India’s leading run-scorer in T20Is. He also became the first player to score four centuries in the shortest format of the game.
Rohit also has an impressive record on Australian soil where he has 1143 runs in ODIs at an average of 51.95 which includes four centuries and four fifties, and 151 runs in 6 T20Is.
The first T20I will be played on Wednesday. With Australia missing the services of Steve Smith and David Warner due to the bans, India will start the series as firm favourites.
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