Report by: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 11, 2020
Aaron Finch, in a desperate attempt to tackle the lethal pairing of India Cricket’s Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, sought advice during an international match in January. Cricket umpire Michael Gough revealed the Australian bowlers, during Australia’s third ODI against India at Bengaluru, wanted to take the dangermen out. But the visitors hopes were dashed when Sharma and Kohi accumulated 137 for the second wicket, and the host’s vice-captain upped the match with his 29th ODI century.
Gough, in an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly, recounted that the Australian one-day captain sheepishly asked if he had any insight on how to muster a wicket. “I remember a match between India and Australia, and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were putting on a huge partnership. I was standing next to Aaron Finch at square leg, and he said to me, during the game, how it was unbelievable to watch these two great players,” he said. “Then he asked me how I would bowl at them.” The umpire said he told Finch he was on his own.
There is no doubt that Kohli and Sharma are the greatest one-day batting partnership in history. The Indian do have 33 partnerships larger than 50 in their kitty. And no two batsmen
In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Sharma broke countless records with 648 runs in nine innings at an average of 81.00. The right-handed batsman is the only cricketer to muster five centuries during a single World Cup tournament. On the other side, Kohli is emerging as the most formidable short-format batsman in cricket’s history. The India Cricket captain is second only to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for most ODI centuries.
Australia and Indian will face each other in eight Test matches in the coming 12 months, that is if COVID-19 restrictions are eased to some extent. The Australian side is surely going to counter India head on. Matthew Wade told reporters this week that India is a hard team. The middle-order batsman acknowledged the energy between Sharma and Kohli. “Virat is very clever the way he uses his words or his body language. So they use it as an advantage.”