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Former Pakistan cricketer Zaheer Abbas eulogises Rohit Sharma: His batting gives me real satisfaction

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 January 2020, 17:29 IST

Former Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas, says he dosen’t move an inch away from his television set when Indian opener Rohit Sharma is batting.

The former Pakistani skipper heaped praises on Rohit Sharma while talking about the Indian team’s masterly performance in recent times.

"I don't move from the television screen when he (Rohit) is batting. His batting gives me real satisfaction and watching him play is pure bliss," Abbas said in an interview.

Zaheer Abbas said he regards Rohit Sharma a special talent because of his potential to create shots whenever he wanted to.

"I admire the way he creates a shot and plays where he wants to. He picks up the ball very early and that is special," he said about Rohit who scored five hundreds in last year's World Cup in England.

Rested for the series against Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma will be back in action when India face Australia in the first of three ODIs in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Abbas, who was among the first Asian batsmen to make 100 first-class centuries, said Virat Kohli, without a doubt, is the main player of the Indian team.

"I admire Rohit because I enjoy his batting and when I am watching him bat people in my house ask what about Virat Kohli, and I tell them 'look I am not saying Kohli is less'.

"Kohli is Kohli. Let me put it this way, I get satisfaction watching them both bat."

Abbas also put down the success of team India to its cricket board not making too many changes to its domestic circuit and inflow of money.

"The money has made a big difference to the players because now they realise that they just have to focus on their game and play like professionals and the rewards they get are great. They have financially been given so much security by their board.

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First published: 14 January 2020, 17:29 IST