Mumbai, Jun 1 : Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has praised India’s most prolific batsman -Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, calling them the most defining pair of the modern cricketing era. Sangakkara made the statement keeping in mind the consistency rate of Virat and Rohit in all formats of the game. 'There is something very special about Virat and Rohit.
That fact that rules have changed and maybe run-scoring might have become slightly easier in one-day cricket, but the fact remains that to be so consistent across all formats, he’s so consistent in T20 cricket. It’s incredibly hard, the volume of cricket that India athletes plays,' Sangakkara said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports. 'So, I think you have to have a lot of respect for Rohit and Virat but understand that it’s all because of the players that have gone before and have done all the hard work then as well.
So, it’s a knock-on effect, so in every era, there’s always a defining pair and in the modern era, it’s Rohit and Virat for India for sure,' he added. Kohli is undoubtedly the best ODI batsman in the world, averaging almost 60 in the format, with 43 centuries, whereas Rohit emerged as the leading run-getter of 2019 with 1490 runs, including five centuries at last year’s World Cup. Sangakkara ,who played against the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and also against the batting duo of the modern era, feels Rohit and Kohli are more dangerous. 'If you look at Rahul and Dada, both of them are orthodox batsmen. They play beautiful cricket shots and are very technically correct, Dravid may be a little bit more so, but the ability to be as destructive with such rate and precision stroke-making is something that has to be really admired,” the former wicketkeeper batsman said.
“If you take the modern-day game, India has two of the best players in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who play orthodox cricket but who are just absolutely destructive in any format of the game. You don’t have to muscle the ball or put too much effort or look ugly doing it, they just play good cricket shots and results come,' he added. (UNI)