NEW DELHI, June 1: Every cricketing era has a “defining pair” which builds the narrative and the duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is a special one for India in modern times, says Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara.
Kohli and Rohit have aggregated nearly 36,000 runs (35,930 runs) across three formats and Sangakkara feels the duo has the same aura which Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid had in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
“There is something very special about Virat and Rohit. That fact that rules have changed and run-scoring might have become slightly easier in one-day cricket, but it’s incredibly hard, the volume of cricket that Indian athletes play,” Sangakkara said on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Connected’.
Sangakkara feels that Kohli and Rohit deserve the respect also for the fact that players from bygone era didn’t have to constantly play three formats.
“So, I think you have to have a lot of respect for Rohit and Virat but understand that it’s all because of the players that have gone before and have done all the hard work then as well.
“So, it’s a knock-on effect, so in every era, there’s always a defining pair and in the modern era, it’s Rohit and Virat for India for sure.” – PTI