Though the Indian team hasn’t won any ICC trophy after MS Dhoni-led India won the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, the Indian team has dominated in the international cricket since then. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the top-two ranked ODI batsman at present, both have played very important roles in India’s batting during this period. But who among them is ahead in the present moment?
Many admit that the Indian captain Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen in international cricket history. The right-handed batsman started to impress with his batting quality at a very early age. With the time progress, he has only improved his quality and evolved as one of the greatest batsmen. He has incredibly maintained consistency in every format, and it has played a crucial role in India’s recent success. Many even call him a chase master.
Meanwhile, the present limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has set another example of consistency in batting. Since he has taken the role of opening batting regularly, Sharma has evolved as one of the greatest opening batsmen in limited-overs history. He not only provides good starts, but he also has an incredible ability to stretch his batting for a long time.
Virat Kohli has scored 7813 runs; Rohit Sharma has scored 7050
If we look at the ODI batting stats from ICC Champions Trophy 2013, we can clearly see that Virat Kohli has scored the most runs while Rohit Sharma is right in the next position in this list. In this period, while Kohli has scored 7813 runs in 144 ODI innings with an incredible average of 66.21, Rohit has scored 7050 runs in 134 ODI innings with another sensational batting average of 59.74. Even another Indian batsman is standing in the third position in this top batting list, and he is Rohit’s limited-overs opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (5619 runs).
Coming back to the comparison between Kohli and Rohit, they are very close in most of these batting stats. While Kohli has registered 66 times 50+ scores (30 centuries and 36 half-centuries) in this period, Rohit has hit it for 57 times (27 centuries and 30 half-centuries).
While Kohli (734 fours) has beaten Rohit (668 fours) in hitting fours in this period, Rohit (220 fours) is widely ahead than Kohli (98 sixes) in hitting sixes. However, there is no doubt that both of them have played very crucial roles in India’s batting success in this period, and both of them are irreplaceable.
Statistical analysis of ODI batting between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Since the ICC Champions Trophy 2013)
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