If Mohammad Kaif is given a selection, he would watch Rohit Sharma bat over Virat Kohli in white-ball cricket, the previous India batsman mentioned on Sunday. Kaif went on to add that India skipper Kohli is on another stage throughout codecs.
“If you ask me, I will love to watch Rohit Sharma bat. Just to watch. Both have long careers ahead of them and both are exceptional batters. Virat Kohli is on another level. His record in Test matches is amazing. He is brilliant in ODIs and T20s too. But if I have the option, I would love to watch Rohit Sharma bat (in white ball cricket),” Kaif mentioned on Sportscreen’s YouTube web page.
“He has the elegance. He always has a lot of time at the crease. He never seems to be in a rush. He bats with ease. When he times the ball, it travels so fast. There are few batsmen who take you to the cleaners but you don’t get to realise that he is putting in a lot of effort,” mentioned the 39-year previous.
Kaif additionally recounted M.S. Dhoni getting run out whereas batting with him on the latter’s ODI debut in opposition to Bangladesh in Chattogram in 2004, saying he deserves somewhat little bit of credit score too for Dhoni’s rise because it prompted then skipper Sourav Ganguly to push him up the order in opposition to Pakistan in 2005 in Visakhapatnam the place the dashing Ranchi cricketer smashed 148.
“Dhoni got run out on debut and then he did not get good scores. Now at No.6, No.7 you don’t get a lot of chances to bat. So Ganguly promoted him up the order against Pakistan in the Vizag ODI. So I also have a hand in his rise,” Kaif joked.
Kaif additionally rated Dhoni, 38, because the quickest runner between the wickets in world cricket, saying when he used to run with the adorned former India captain between the wickets, his pace amazed him.
“I have seen Dhoni run between the wickets with me also. He has tremendous speed. I still consider him the fastest runner between the wickets in world cricket. The guy doesn’t go to the gym. He eats butter chicken. He loves biryani. Still he has so much speed. It’s unbelievable. I used to think I am the fittest. But he has natural fitness,” mentioned Kaif who performed 125 ODIs for India and is rated as among the finest fielders the nation has ever produced.
On the present India staff’s fielding, Kaif opined whereas the Virat Kohli-led facet nonetheless doesn’t have a whole fielder who has all bases lined, it’s a a lot-improved unit with Ravindra Jadeja proper up there.
“Fielding is like batting. An entire batsman is one who has all pictures in his guide. Fielding is like that. An entire fielder is one who is aware of how to slide, your throws ought to be correct, you want to run quick, your hand method wants to be right.
“So all this stuff mixed, you get a correct fielder. Now you’ll get a variety of good fielders. Indian fielding has improved rather a lot. But I nonetheless really feel we don’t have a whole bundle.
“Where you’re taking slip catches, do effectively at brief leg, at lengthy on…that bundle is lacking. But Ravindra Jadeja is sensible and he’s getting higher with age.
“In slip fielding, the Indian staff is somewhat behind, but total…I see (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammad) Shami, Ishant (Sharma) they’ve improved rather a lot. So quick bowlers doing effectively on the sector has helped. You see Virat KOhli, Rohit Sharma is an efficient fielder. I nonetheless really feel subsequent stage, bundle fielder is lacking.”
Kaif additionally heaped reward on South Africa ace AB de Villiers as a fielder.
“He is a brilliant fielder. I have played with him for RCB in 2011-12 and he is a live wire. His training is top quality too.”