'I asked ‘Is it Dhoni?', he said 'No, Rohit Sharma'' - R Ashwin recalls when Virat Kohli called Rohit Sharma ‘captain’s nightmare’
"5-6 years back, Virat Kohli and I had a discussion while Rohit was batting. I don’t remember which match it was. Seeing Rohit bat, I was thinking, ‘Where do you even bowl to him?’," Ashwin said.
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There is no doubt that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is one of the best batters of the generation. Over the years, Rohit has amassed over 17,000 runs in international cricket across formats.
With the ODI World Cup 2023 around the corner, the Indian skipper has been showcasing his sublime skills as well. With three half-centuries in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, Rohit’s form would be a blessing for India ahead of the World Cup, and the side will hope that he will keep up his performances in the marquee event as well.
Rohit’s prowess is well known in world cricket and within the Indian dressing room as well. In a recent video by veteran all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, the spinner talked of an incident between him and Virat Kohli. Ashwin revealed that Kohli named Rohit Sharma when asked to name the biggest threat to a captain.
"5-6 years back, Virat Kohli and I had a discussion while Rohit was batting. I don’t remember which match it was. Seeing Rohit bat, I was thinking, ‘Where do you even bowl to him?’," Ashwin said in a video on his YouTube channel.
"If Rohit is set after 15-20 overs, you wouldn’t know where to bowl him. Virat asked me, ‘Do you know who is a captain’s nightmare at the death?’ I asked ‘Is it (MS) Dhoni?’. "Kohli was like, ‘No, it is Rohit. When I asked him why, he said you won’t know where to bowl’. If Rohit Sharma is batting at the end of the 16th over in a T20, where will you bowl? He has got all the shots in the book and once he played an extraordinary knock in Chinnaswamy Stadium that Kohli can never forget, it seems," Ashwin concluded.
There is no doubt that the Indian team will depend on the prowess of their top-order batters to propel them to World Cup glory after 12 years. The performances of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Shubman Gill are going to be key for the hosts.