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Former Indian cricketer Wasim Zafar Indian captain Rohit Sharma has expressed his delight at his return to form leading the ODI World Cup.
Zafar’s comments came after an exceptional performance by 3rd Rohit Sharma ODI New Zealand vs India on Tuesday, January 24 The skipper scored a brilliant century to give Team India the ideal momentum to capitalize on. he Shubman scored 101 off 85 balls in an opening stand of 212 with Gill (112 off 78).
Vintage Rohit Sharma: Wasim Zafar
“Rohit has been in great form in this series. He looks like vintage Rohit Sharma. Shubman Gill continues from last 2-3 innings. You realize it’s not going to be like that across 50 overs,” the 44-year-old told ESPNcricinfo.
Zafar emphasized that by his innings in the 3rd ODI, the 35-year-old had done his homework perfectly and improved his performance a lot. Zafar, reviewing Rohit’s performance, said that the opening batsman luckily found his mojo at the right time and looked like the ‘dangerous batsman’ of old who could trouble the opposition bowlers with ease.
Talking about India’s performance in the third ODI, Zafar eloquently justified that the reason India lost wickets so easily after Rohit and Shubman Gill’s double century stand was broken was because the momentum the openers had disrupted. He gave full credit to the opening pair of Rohit and Gill for the outstanding start.
“When the openers give you such a shaky start, it’s very difficult to bat in 9-10 overs for such a long time in 50 overs. You have to give credit to the way Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the innings. Although it’s a good wicket, short boundaries, the way they played it didn’t look like they were slogging. There were pure cricketing shots and they showed their class,” Zafar concluded.