“Virat Kohli fans might not like it but I have to say Rohit Sharma is currently the better batsman. Virat is definitely a great batsman, no doubt about it. He is India’s best Test batsman but when it comes to limited overs cricket, Rohit is ahead of him,” Patil added,” Patil told ABP news.
Rohit slammed his third ODI double ton in the second match of the series — only cricketer to do so — while he also slammed his second T20I ton off just 35 deliveries only Indian.
“Virat is definitely a great batsman, no doubt about it. He is India’s best Test batsman but when it comes to limited overs cricket, Rohit is ahead of him,” said Patil.
“I’m sure Virat’s going to come back from the break and score lots of runs in South Africa but when we talk about limited-overs cricket this year, Rohit has been unbelievable. People may say he has played more matches against Sri Lanka but so has Virat. Whether he is playing only as a batsman or as captain Rohit has proved he is best at the moment,” he said.
Rohit said after last 3rd T20i –
Rohit Sharma, winning captain: We always knew that whatever target is set up, we back our batsmen to get it. That is something we spoke about at the start of the series too, to play with six batters and an all-rounder. Happy with the composition we had throughout the series. Guys who got opportunities made it count throughout. Thoroughly a team effort. Each and every guy has put in a lot of effort. They’ve done their homework thoroughly, which was pleasing. Lot of the guys you see were playing their first game, second game, but it never felt that way. They’ve played lot of cricket in home conditions – IPL and things like that. They were confident and it was our job as management to back them. It’s a great occasion to play for your country. They came and did what they were expected to do. Looking very much forward to South Africa. Would like to reiterate the home season we’ve had. Never easy, no matter what conditions you play in. You have to go and get the win. Since we started playing against Australia at home, we started doing things right. There were few hiccups in the middle. Games like Dharamsala which taught us a lot. As a batting unit too, we were challenged at different times, but the way we came back was very good.