It’s never too difficult when you have Rohit at the other end, says Virat Kohli
XtraTime Web Desk: Indian cricket team’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jajeda on Sunday said it’s tough for any opposition to stop the duo of India skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma when they are batting in full swing. Thanks to their brilliant 246-run partnership for the second wicket the hosts chased down a huge 323-run target with 7.5 overs to spare. With this win the Men in Blue has taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.
“If they are set, it’s tough to get them out. They can hit ground strokes and in the air with equal ease. It becomes tough against such batters,” said Jadeja after India’s commanding eight-wicket win.
“They played proper cricketing shots. They did not take any chances, they were just playing according the situation,” said the left-arm spinner of Kohli and Rohit’s 246-run partnership, the first-ever 200-plus run stand against the West Indies.
On the other hand India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday hailed his deputy Rohit Sharma for his superlative batting display, saying it is easy to chase down any target when the Mumbai batsman is at the other end.
“It feels pretty good. It was very convincing for us. West Indies put up a really good total. 320 targets are very tricky, but we knew we could do it with a big partnership. It’s never too difficult when you have Rohit at the other end,” said Kohli.
“Among the top three, I mostly take the anchor role because both Rohit and Shikhar (Dhawan) are good stroke-makers,” he said.
Kohli was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 107-ball knock and the India skipper said he enjoyed his batting today.
“It was one of those days where I felt good and I told Rohit I will continue to bat this way positively and maybe you can play the anchor role,” he said.
Kohli said building partnerships is the key to success in ODI cricket.
“When (Ambati) Rayudu came he took that role and Rohit took over from me. I think that’s what ODI batting is all about. It’s about communication and batting in partnerships,” he said.
“It’s our 5th or 6th double-century partnership, it’s a pleasure to bat with him (Rohit). When we are batting like that, it’s good fun out there and we know the team will benefit from it as well.”