Former Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar said Rohit Sharma is batting at a different level in ICC World Cup 2019 and lauded him for his terrific consistency. Rohit Sharma is currently at no. 2 position in leading the run-scorers list with 319 runs in 3 innings.
On Sunday Rohit Sharma hit 140 against Pakistan at Old Trafford, as India win by 89 runs (DLS). This was India’s record seventh victory over Pakistan in World Cups. India is now 3rd in points tally with 7 points in 4 matches, with one match against New Zealand being washed-out.
Rohit Sharma led India to a smooth win against South Africa with unbeaten 122, before a stylish half-century against Australia at Oval on 9 June. A week later, Rohit looked good for a double hundred before he fell for 140.
Speaking to India Today after the match, Tendulkar he liked the fact that Rohit Sharma is playing with high strike-rate without taking too many risks.
"Terrific consistency (from Rohit). What I really liked about Rohit was it didn't appear like he was taking a lot of risks even as he was playing with a phenomenal strike rate.”
"The thing that was risky was his running between the wickets. he got lucky a couple of times. Otherwise, his batting was at a different level. I have always felt, when Rohit starts playing close to the body on the front foot, he is going to hurt the opposition," Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar said Rohit Sharma could have got another double century, had he stayed a little longer.
"I think I would put Rohit's performance in this World Cup right up with any other knocks he has played in the past. Had he stayed there any longer, he would get his double hundred. You see his pull of Hassan Ali... When Rohit is in full swing, you don't want to be bowling short against him. I don't know where they will bowl, to be honest, because Rohit has all the shots. Today (on Sunday), he proved that.... be it a beautiful cut or a flick," Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar also had a special message for Rohit Sharma.
"Rohit, continue doing what you're doing. It's a joy to watch you bat from the commentary box".
(With Inputs from India Today)