Joe Root’s ‘…because of their age’ comment on Kohli and Rohit ahead of World Cup | Cricket

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Aging like a fine wine, superstars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have led Team India’s formidable batting order for over a decade. While Kohli remains the poster boy, Rohit is India’s all-format captain. The iconic cricketers will lead the batting charge for India’s Men in Blue at the ICC World Cup 2023. Kohli, who will turn 35 in October, on Monday became the fastest batsman to complete 13,000 runs in cricket One Day International (ODI).

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India captain Rohit Sharma celebrates his half-century during the Super Fours match against Sri Lanka (ANI)
India captain Rohit Sharma celebrates his half-century during the Super Fours match against Sri Lanka (ANI)

A day after Kohli broke several records in the successful clash between India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023, captain Rohit achieved multiple milestones in the match against Sri Lanka. Rohit, successor to the former Indian captain, is the second-fastest batsman to amass 10,000 runs in the 50-over format. While many believe that Rohit is embracing the twilight phase of his career, the 36-year-old is not showing any signs of slowing down.

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“It’s very dangerous to just rule out Rohit and Kohli”

Will the 2023 edition of the ICC World Cup be Rohit’s last marquee event? Will Team India witness a changing of the guard in white-ball cricket after the ODI World Cup? Former England captain Joe Root believes that age is just a number and it will be dangerous to discard players like Rohit and Kohli. “I think it’s very dangerous to just write off players like Virat and Rohit because of their age. Look at how long Chris Gayle, for example, played T20 cricket. Some of the best players in the world have lasted longer, especially in T20 cricket. , and they have been wonderful with their performances. As long as you are fit, you can go on and play,” Root told the Indian Times.

Kohli and Rohit have led India to the final of Asia Cup 2023. Rohit’s India team will face defending champions Sri Lanka or Pakistan in the summit clash of the continental tournament. Praising legendary fast bowler James Anderson, Root said the veteran pacer still leads Ben Stokes’ England pace attack even though he is over 40.

‘Anderson is a perfect example’

“Jimmy Anderson is a perfect example if you look at him. He’s over 40 and he’s still performing exceptionally well. We’re very fortunate we didn’t lose that because we thought he’s too old. He’s still playing and still leading.” our attack. And we are using all that experience and skill to our advantage. We see him as a talent and skill and a wonderful player in his own right,” added Root, who has played 135 Tests and 161 ODIs for England.


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