Virat Kohli has had an amazing 2017, scoring runs across different formats for India, hence receiving accolades from all and sundry. However, Rohit Sharma, similarly, has played some amazing ODI innings during the year, and his double hundred against Sri Lanka on Wednesday stands out. Former captain Sourav Ganguly heaped praised on Rohit, saying that the 'Hitman' of India cricket is no way behind Kohli.
Rohit took the world by storm in Mohali after playing a scintillating innings of 208 runs from 153 balls, which included 13 fours and 12 sixes. In the process, the stand-in skipper has become the first player to three double hundreds.
Kohli and Rohit have been in astonishing form in 2017. If Kohli has amassed 1,460 runs in 26 matches, Rohit is not far behind with 1,286 runs from 20 innings. Kohli and Rohit have hit six centuries each in 2017.
With Kohli not being a part of the ongoing India vs Sri Lanka ODI series, Rohit has a chance to end the year with seven hundreds if he gets his game going in the third ODI, which is the home team's last 50-over match of the year.
Ganguly brought to light how people are only talking about Kohli, mostly, but the former player feels Rohit is no way behind the 29-year-old.
"This year, he's scored as many hundreds as Virat Kohli. We keep talking about Virat Kohli and how great he is in one day cricket but look at Rohit. He is no way behind, 11 hundreds in 50 odd innings (since 2015)," Ganguly told India Today.
"I have always said that he's a terrific batsman and a match-winner. Hopefully, he can transform his renewed hunger for runs, his renewed ability to convert hundreds into double hundreds in the next 10 months. The shots he played was absolutely breathtaking."
With both the top guns having an amazing year, mostly at home, Kohli and Rohit's biggest test will lie in 2018 as the team are set to play many matches abroad.