India will be world champions if Rohit Sharma fires in next two games: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar reckons India will lift the World Cup trophy once again on July 14 if vice-captain Rohit Sharma continues to fire with the bat in the next two games for his team.Rohit has been in red-hot form in the World Cup this year with 647 runs in 8 matches at an average of 92.42 with five hundreds and couple of fifties. Last week he became the only batsman in World Cup history to hit five centuries in a single edition after his match-winning 103 against Sri Lanka in India’s final league game.Rohit Sharma now has 27 ODI hundreds. He also jointly holds the record for most World Cup centuries (6) with Sachin Tendulkar.Ever since Shikhar Dhawan’s injury after the Australia game, Rohit has shouldered the responsibility at the top of the order and has provided superb starts for the team while opening the batting which is why Sunil Gavaskar feels that the World Cup trophy will return to India if the Mumbai batsman continues his form with the bat.”Rohit Sharma is in sublime form. He is batting absolutely unbelievably. He has been the rock for India. He has given the kind of starts that has made life easier for the likes of Virat Kohli coming at No. 3 and the rest.”Even down the order when No. 4, 5 and 6 have not really contributed big runs, the fact that Rohit Sharma has held the innings together has helped ease the burden. And if he continues the same form in the next two games then you can be guaranteed that India will be the world champions once again on Sunday (July 14),” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementIndia captain Virat Kohli also stated on Monday that Rohit’s form has made life much easier for him in the batting lineup which is why he is looking to reinvent himself as the team’s middle-overs orchestrator.”It’s been a different kind of role I have played in this World Cup. It’s great that Rohit has been scoring so consistently, which means that coming in the latter half of the innings, you have to play a different role, which is controlling the middle overs and letting guys like Hardik (Pandya), Kedar (Jadhav), MS (Dhoni) and Rishabh (Pant) express t[email protected] is the best ODI batsman at the moment – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #CWC19 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/VhoZSzSrjLBCCI (@BCCI) July 8, 2019″I’ve understood that roles can vary a lot in one day cricket depending on the time you step in to bat and I’ve been very happy holding one end and letting other guys express themselves striking at 150-160 and even 200,” Kohli told reporters at Old Trafford on the eve of the semi-final.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India already have one foot in the final, feels Michael ClarkeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Mitchell Starc, Joe Root and Alex Carey on the verge of all-time World Cup recordsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerlast_img read more