Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are arguably the best white-ball batters of the modern era. There have always been comparisons between the two modern-day greats. Pakistan star Imam-ul-Haq is the latest to weigh in this debate.
While Kohli has got more runs in white-ball cricket and his average is better than Rohit, yet Imam reckoned the current India captain has more talent with the bat compared to Kohli. The Pakistani Opening batter and nephew of the legend Inzamam ul Haq said,
“I feel that the talent Rohit Sharma has, Virat Kohli does not. I have seen them both play but the way Rohit plays, it feels as if he is batting in replay. He has plenty of time. The first time I realized the true meaning of timing because I mostly field at point and I get to know. Virat Kohli has batted in front of me, so has Rohit Sharma but Rohit has been gifted a lot of time by God. He is one player who can change the game in seconds. When he is set, he can hit at will,” Imam said on SAMAA News.
“Rohit Sharma is god gifted player. The way Rohit Sharma plays, it feels as if he is batting in replay. He has plenty of time. The first time I realized the true meaning of timing when I saw Rohit Sharma batting.” – Imam Ul Haq (To Samaa news)
Meanwhile, both Rohit and Kohli are in the UK for the white-ball leg against England. While Rohit hit a brilliant fifty and was in good touch in the opening ODI, Kohli had to sit out due to a groin injury. Reports suggest that Kohli could miss the remainder of the tour as Indian Cricket Board does not want him to aggravate the injury.
The left-handed opening batter is the nephew of bating great and former Pakistan skipper, Inzamam Ul Haq. Imam made his one-day international debut against Sri Lanka in Dubai in 2017. He has played 52 ODI games and has scored 2520 runs at an average of 54.78 and at a strike rate of 83.36, with his highest score being 151.