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Team India players describe Rohit Sharma in one word

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A few members of Team India defined skipper Rohit Sharma in one word ahead of the highly anticipated World Test Championship 2021-23 (WTC) final.

Notably, Australia and India are poised to clash at the Oval in London in a one-off test for the coveted trophy, beginning on Wednesday, June 7.

In a video uploaded by the International Cricket Council (ICC), members of the Indian red-ball setup were asked to describe Rohit Sharma in one word.

While ‘Hitman’ seems to be the general perception of the skipper, a few others had differing opinions on his calm demeanour.

“Relaxed,”

as described by Srikar Bharat.

“Puller,”

said Mohammed Siraj.

“Hitman,”

Mohammed Shami and Shubman Gill.

“Most talented player, I think even as a captain he has been doing really well. He’s very calm under pressure,”

elaborated Cheteshwar Pujara.

“Class,”

said veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

“In Bambaiya language, I would call him ‘Bantai’, he’s always happy-go-lucky and you would expect some kid of joke or he will just come and suddenly tap your head. He’s is a funny guy. I have known him since childhood,”

Described Shardul Thakur.

Former India captain and colleague Virat Kohli, who has spent a substantial amount of time with Rohit, praised the latter’s commitment to the Men in Blue in white-ball cricket. He also praised Rohit’s red-ball performances over the last 3-4 years, which demonstrated his temperament in the longest format.

“I’ve always said that he’s always got more time than anyone on the ball and that’s the special ability he had from day 1. I saw him play for the first time and understood what the hype was all about and why he was rated so highly,”

said Kohli in a video shared by the ICC on their official website.

“And what he has done in what-ball cricket for India for a long period of time, we all knew! But the way he has performed in the red-ball cricket in last 3-4 years is a testimony to his temperament towards playing Test cricket at the highest level,”

he added.

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