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Rohit and Virat, a defining pair for India: Sangakkara

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Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara recently hailed Rohit and Virat as a ‘defining pair’ for team India in modern era. Adding further in his statement, the wicket-keeper batsman went on and compared the pair with former batting greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.

“If you look at Rahul (Dravid) and Dada (Sourav Ganguly), 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,” India Today quoted Kumar Sangakkara as saying.

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Something very special about Virat and Rohit

Talking on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected, the Sri Lanka wicket Keeper batsman says there is something special about Virat and Rohit that makes them great.  Although the rule-change have made it easy for the batsman, the fact remains that to be so consistent across all formats is praise-worthy.

“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,” Sangakkara was quoted by India Today as saying.

Lot of respect for Rohit and Virat

Speaking further on the show, Sangakkara said the volume of cricket Indian cricketers play is incredible and you have to have a lot of respect for them.

“It’s incredibly hard, the volume of cricket that India athletes plays. 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.”

He also hailed their batting style which comprises orthodox cricket shot and not muscle batting, he said you don’t have to put too much effort or look ugly doing it when it can be done with orthodox shots as the defining Indian pair plays.

“…..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,” added the former SL captain.

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