An Indian fan asks Shoaib Akhtar to describe Rohit Sharma in one word; the former pacer gives a classy response
The right-handed batsman has scored heavily in ODIs and T20Is in the last few years.
Updated - Jan 4, 2021 1:58 pm
Describing a player of Rohit Sharma’s calibre in just one word is definitely a tough task and former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar recently realized it. Rohit is currently one of the best batsmen in the world and is widely regarded as the best limited-overs opener in the world. The right-handed batsman has scored heavily in ODIs and T20Is in the last few years.
Last year, he was adjudged the ICC ODI Player of the Year for 2019. Rohit holds the record for the highest score in ODIs for his monumental knock of 264. He is also the only batsman with three ODI double centuries and four T20I centuries. In 2019, Rohit revived his Test career too after being promoted as an opener. In his maiden Test series as an opener, he scored two centuries and a double century against South Africa.
Perhaps this is the reason why Shoaib Akhtar was at a loss of words to describe the Indian star in one word. Akhtar was interacting with his followers on Twitter through a question-answer session when one of them asked him: “Describe Rohit Sharma in one word @shoaib100mph.” In reply, the former Pakistan star wrote:
“Jasay he word market main aata hai toh batata hoon ( Roughly translates to ‘will get back to you once I find the word in the market’)”
Jasay he word market main aata hai toh batata hoon.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 3, 2021
Rohit Sharma to make a much-anticipated return
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma is all geared up to make his return for Team India after nearly a year. The right-handed batsman has not played for India since the T20I against New Zealand on February 2. He missed the ODI series and the Test series in New Zealand after sustaining a calf injury. The 33-year-old then missed the ODIs, T20Is as well as the first two Tests in Australia after suffering another calf injury in IPL 2020.
Rohit is now set to play the upcoming third Test, scheduled to be played in Sydney from January 7. After passing the fitness test at the NCA, he went to Australia last month and remained in quarantine for 14 days. The Mumbai star then joined the team in Melbourne and did not take long to hit the nets. Later, he landed in controversy when he visited a restaurant with a few of his teammates as the Australian media accused the players of breaching the bio-bubble.
However, the BCCI has maintained that the players did not breach the bio-bubble. On Monday, the BCCI also confirmed that all the players and the support staff returned negative tests for COVID-19. Rohit is likely to open the innings with Shubman Gill in the third Test. The four-match series is currently locked at 1-1.