WTC Ultimate: Virender Sehwag “Wanting Ahead” To Trent Boult vs Rohit Sharma Contest


Opener Rohit Sharma countering Trent Boult’s incoming deliveries will make for an enchanting contest, one thing that Virender Sehwag will likely be wanting ahead to throughout the World Take a look at Championship (WTC) ultimate between India and New Zealand, beginning in Southampton on June 18. Sehwag, who redefined the artwork of opening batting in Take a look at cricket, feels that Rohit’s qualities and up to date type on the prime of the order definitely make him a candidate to succeed throughout the six Take a look at matches that India will play in England this summer season.

“Little doubt Trent Boult-Tim Southee mixture will pose a whole lot of problem for Indians. They will transfer the ball each methods and are good whereas bowling in partnerships additionally,” Virender Sehwag instructed PTI throughout an interview.

“Boult vs Rohit Sharma will likely be a contest that I might be wanting ahead to. If Rohit will get set and see off Boult’s opening spell, will probably be a deal with to observe,” feels one among India’s best match winners within the longer format.

Whereas this may be Rohit’s first shot at opening in English circumstances, the expertise of enjoying Exams in 2014 will definitely assist him.

“Rohit is a incredible batsman and he has performed Take a look at cricket in England earlier additionally (2014) so I believe he can handle properly as we’ve got seen in latest occasions when he has opened the batting. I’ve little question that he’ll rating runs in England this time.

“Clearly, as it’s for any opener, he must watch out for the primary 10 overs and see off that new ball to know the circumstances first. I’m positive he’ll get an opportunity to point out his vary of strokes,” mentioned the person, who has scored greater than 8,000 Take a look at runs.

If there’s one participant aside from Rohit, who will be as maverick as Sehwag was throughout his glory days, it’s Rishabh Pant, who’s going by means of a purple patch in his worldwide profession.

Sehwag desires Pant to bat the way in which he is aware of and never get slowed down by an excessive amount of evaluation and dissection about method and temperament wanted to achieve success in England.

“Rishabh Pant is aware of his batting higher than anyone else and he ought to deal with what he can do finest for the staff somewhat than get apprehensive about what ex-cricketers, commentators and media is saying,” Sehwag mentioned concerning the keeper, who has already scored a century in English circumstances throughout the tour of 2018.

“The main focus for Rishabh must be one one ball at a time. If the ball is there to be hit, he ought to hit it. I do not suppose he wants to vary strategy as he has acquired success with the identical strategy and Take a look at matches are totally different ball sport.

“Of late, he has understood his function within the staff and he’s a really important participant for India in Take a look at matches coming in at No 6. If he will get set and begins scoring runs, he can change the sport in a session and we’ve got all seen that.”

Sehwag additionally desires to place to relaxation the talk round Cheteshwar Pujara’s “strike-rate” and “intent”.


“In Take a look at cricket, I do not suppose strike-rate has ever mattered. After I performed Take a look at cricket for India, after me there was a Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman coming into bat. All of whom performed with a Take a look at strike price of 50s principally which was completely fantastic,” Sehwag mentioned.

“A very powerful facet will likely be to bat properly and for that you should keep and construct an innings. I’m completely satisfied so long as Pujara is scoring necessary runs for the staff. Until he scores runs at no matter strike price it’s, I’m okay with it,” he mentioned.

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