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India’s batsman Robin Uthappa has heaped praise on captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Uthappa stated that Rohit Sharma has got all the time to play the ball whereas Virat Kohli has a plan for every format of the game. Rohit Sharma is one of the most flamboyant batsmen in the world and he has a lot of time up his sleeve when he is playing against express pacers.
Rohit is known to get into good positions while facing fast bowlers and he has an extra second to react to the ball. The right-hander has a high backlift and he is severe on anything which is off the mark. On the other hand, Virat Kohli is known to back the conventional method of batting in all three forms of the game.
Both Rohit and Virat have been brilliant for India – Robin Uthappa
Kohli hardly hits the ball in the air even in the white-ball versions and does so when it is desperately required. Thus, it makes it difficult to dismiss Kohli as he hardly takes any risks. Furthermore, Kohli is hardly seen any trying out of the box shots in the shortest format of the game as he doesn’t want those shots to adulterate his Test game.
Robin Uthappa said while talking to Star Sports Cricket Connected, “When I look at Rohit Sharma, I feel he has got eternity to play a ball. It just baffles you like where does he create that time. Its amazing to watch and so effortless”.
“Even Virat for that matter, when you watch him bat from one version of the game to another, you can see how clearly, he has planned for each version of the game”.
Robin Uthappa added that Virat Kohli only plays the big shots in Test format when he is past 120 or 150. Kohli likes to keep it simple and he is known to execute his plans to perfection. In fact, Kohli recently said that knowing when to get out of the nets is also a skill and one must not overdo practice if he is batting in good flow as you can try to experiment different things when you are doing well in practice and it can then creep into your game.
“Similarly, in Test cricket, he is only going to hit the ball in the air once he has passed 120 or 150. But in T20 cricket, he pulls out the big shots and his orthodox big shots that you don’t even think that he will play it, because you have seen him play so much of good cricket along the ground in ODI Test cricket that you don’t anticipate him playing that”.
Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been brilliant for the Indian team and they have played a major role in the success of the team over the years.