Cricketing history has witnessed the eternal debate of ‘who’s better’ even if they are teammates. Indian cricketing superstars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are two of the most popular batters and fans are often divided when it comes to the comparison. Kohli and Rohit’s records stand out and both have been instrumental in Indian cricket’s success in the last decade. While Kohli, from a promising youngster, emerged into India’s greatest batter of the current generation, Rohit’s career took a massive turn for the good when he was made opener in 2013.
BCCI reflects on Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma debate
Sharing his views on the matter, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal pointed out that this whole idea of who is the better batter between the two has only originated from the public and through social media, and that the board does not differentiate between Kohli and Rohit, or anyone else for that matter.
The Kohli vs Sharma debate has been compared with the debates of Indian batting legends Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev; Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar.
“We never think about it. It is the passion of fans that drives them and this debate. When you are attached to an emotion, then you tend to say all that. And social media is a platform where you can talk about anything. They speak their heart out because there are no restrictions. That is why people think it persists. We saw the same with Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, or later between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. On social media, matters amplify to an extent that people believe all this is true,” Dhumal told veteran journalist Vimal Kumar on his YouTube channel.
Kohli and Rohit have batted together in 82 innings and scored 4914 runs at an average of 63.81. This includes 15 fifty and 18 century partnerships with a best of 246 – which is one of the five 200-run partnerships Kohli and Rohit have put together.
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