Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi Shastri

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 10:31 IST Rohit Sharma has hit 5 hundreds so far in World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOne of the greatest one-day players: Ravi Shastri on Rohit SharmaRavi Shastri said Hardik Pandya’s ability to contribute with the ball big plus for IndiaShastri on England defeat: Thought god was in their dressing room that dayIndia head coach Ravi Shastri heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma, saying the opening batsman is among the greatest players in white-ball cricket. Shastri said Rohit’s form in World Cup 2019 was no surprise.Rohit Sharma is leading the batting charts in World Cup 2019 with 647 runs from 8 matches so far. The India opener has shouldered the burden of scoring the bulk of runs at the top wonderfully well after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with an injury early in the tournament.Rohit has become the first batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup. The vice-captain of Team India is just 27 runs away from breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old record for the most runs scored in a World Cup.”[Rohit] One of the greatest one-day players. Whether he would have scored runs in this competition or not, just seeing his record over the years… 3 double hundreds in ODIs. No one has done that. He has been really consistent for India at the top. His form was no surprise. If he chooses a tournament like the World Cup to get that form in, as a coach, I will take it,” Ravi Shastri told the Cricket World Cup.India finished the group stages on top of the 10-team points table with 15 points from 9 matches. They will take on 4th-placed New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Tuesday.Rohit’s form and consistency has been one of the main reasons for India’s dominant displays so far in England. The India opener is heading into the semi-finals on the back of 3 back-to-back hundreds.advertisementIt all started in the opening game vs South Africa in Southampton as Rohit Sharma helped India gun down a 228-run target on a two-paced wicket. Rohit remained unbeaten on 122 from 144 balls as India sealed 2 points in their opening fixture.Stressing Rohit’s hundred vs South Africa was one of his best batting performances, Ravi Shastri said: “It was a tough wicket. It was two-paced [against South Africa]. So I thought it was a special innings from Rohit because among all the ODI hundreds he has got, I thought that was one of his best.”Hardik Pandya’s reading of the game is good: Ravi ShastriThe India head coach also lauded Hardik Pandya for the way the all-rounder has been able to chip in with his bowling. Known for his explosive batting, Hardik’s evolution as a 10-over bowler has been one of the major highlights of India’s campaign at World Cup 2019.”He [Hardik] has come along as a bowler. You’re getting full 10 overs out of him. He reads the conditions well. He knows where to use the slow bouncers and off-cutters. His reading of the game is good. It’s a massive help for the side when you have a batsman as flamboyant as him who can also bowl you the overs,” Shastri said.God was in England’s dressing room during Edgbaston defeat: ShastriTalking about the only defeat that India have suffered so far in World Cup 2019, Ravi Shastri added: “I just thought god was in their dressing room that day. If we play England next, hope he sits in our dressing room. Nothing else to worry about.”India lost to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston on June 30 but the Asian giants have managed to avoid the in-form hosts in the semi-finals. England take on Australia in the 2nd semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow India cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Hardik PandyaFollow India vs England Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi ShastriICC Cricket Word Cup 2019: Recapping India’s performances in the group stages, head coach Ravi Shastri lauded Rohit Sharma for his consistency with the bat. Shastri also spoke about the impact of Hardik Pandya with the ball to Team India’s showings in England so far.advertisement Nextlast_img read more