Rohit and Virat, both their names will be recorded in the history of Indian cricket, but the reasons will be different.

There can be no discussion on the ‘stardom’ of these two players, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Both are very big stars. Both are very big players. Both have been playing together for the last one and a half decade. Earlier Rohit Sharma used to play under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Now Virat Kohli plays under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. In these one and a half decades, many other big names also came to Team India. But the shine of Rohit and Virat remained intact. When Indian cricket emerged from the era of Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Yuvraj, it got the strongest support from these two shoulders. If we talk about the current team, it has stars like KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav but the story still revolves around Rohit and Virat. In this World Cup too, these two players have scored the most runs for India.

Virat Kohli has scored 711 runs in 10 matches. Rohit Sharma has 550 runs in his name in the same number of matches. But after one and a half decade, the credentials of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are different. The style of both is different. There are different discussions regarding both. In the last phase of their career, both these players are being remembered for different reasons. Let us understand this story in detail.

Rohit Sharma drew a big line

Everyone must have heard that example in childhood, how a line can be shortened without erasing it. The direct answer was – by drawing a bigger line than that line. In this World Cup, it was clearly visible that Rohit Sharma has extended his streak. He is not concerned with century, half-century or any record. He only wants the team’s victory. In this World Cup, he has been out 4 times after scoring more than 40 and twice after scoring more than 80. He could have converted some of these 6 innings into big scores. But they needed the scoreboard running in the first 10 overs. He was also successful in achieving this goal. For this he is being praised a lot. In the semi-final match against New Zealand also he played an inning of 47 runs in 29 balls. This included 4 fours and 4 sixes. His strike rate was more than 160. Whether the Indian team was batting first or later, Rohit Sharma did not change his batting style. His style has played a big role in the 10 consecutive victories of the Indian team.

Virat Kohli’s style is different

Rohit Sharma’s batting style gives Virat Kohli the freedom to play his natural game. He is also in amazing form. He carries the entire batting unit around him. They are playing it safe. It is not that his batting is sluggish. It is not that the runs scored by him do not contribute to the team’s victory. Rather the story is different. Virat Kohli is now at that stage where whenever he takes the field in every match, he has a chance to break some record or the other. In one match he is equaling a big record and in the next match he does wonders of breaking the same record. Another record is waiting for him in the third match.

For example, against South Africa, he equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries in ODI cricket and after one match, he broke that record in the semi-final against New Zealand. Now the next record is of maximum 9 centuries in a calendar year, that too was made by Sachin Tendulkar. It is not that Virat Kohli is playing to break records. He is playing to make his team win. His runs are helping the team win. At the same time, his mark in the record books is becoming different.

No record in Rohit Sharma’s eyes

Years ago there was a program in a five star hotel in Mumbai. All the star players of the Indian team were present in that program. Was also a Bollywood star. In the same program, Sachin Tendulkar had said that his record will be broken by either Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma. Now Virat Kohli has come very close to those records. But Rohit Sharma is out of this race now. Including all three formats, he has 45 centuries in his account so far. He will easily take this figure to 50. Now the practical thing is that whether a player scored 58 centuries after 50 or 60, it does not make much difference. Fans don’t even remember. But if Rohit Sharma helps India win the World Cup, then he will be recorded in the history of Indian cricket. Kapil Dev in 1983, Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2011 and Rohit Sharma in 2023. The importance of World Cup victory is different. Rohit Sharma has understood this very well. Rohit’s success in IPL has made him understand well that the first criterion to judge a captain is victory or defeat, followed by runs or any other record.

Both will be recorded in history

Rohit’s fans will talk about his side, Virat’s fans about his. There have been reports of their estrangement several times. But the truth is that the mutual understanding between these two players inside the field is amazing. The names of both will be written together in the history of Indian cricket in the last one and a half decade. One would be sitting at the pinnacle of records and the other of success. Don’t forget, when Virat Kohli reached the dressing room after getting out in the semi-finals, the first player standing to welcome him was Rohit Sharma.

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