ICC World Cup 2019: Team India coach heaps praise on two players

Updated on: Jul 28, 2021 11:39 am IST

Rohit and Hardik have been essential for India in their World Cup 2019 campaign so far and Shastri reserved the best of words for both of them.

Ravi Shastri heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma

Shastri said Rohit’s form in World Cup 2019 was no surprise, Rohit Sharma is leading in World Cup 2019 with 647 runs from 8 matches by now.

The India opener did a great job while he took all the burden of scoring runs in a bulk wonderfully when his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with an injury in the tournament.


“Rohit is one of the greatest one-day players. Whether he would have scored runs in this competition or not, just seeing his record over the years… 3 double hundreds in ODIs. No one has done that. He has been really consistent for India at the top. His form was no surprise. If he chooses a tournament like the World Cup to get that form in, as a coach, I will take it,” Shastri said.

Shastri feels having someone of Pandya’s caliber is a massive help

The 57-year-old also had good words to say about Pandya, who has risen above expectations with the ball, Pandya has consistently bowled 10 overs in this World Cup, thus, allowing India to go with the extra pummel.


“Hardik has come along as a bowler. You’re getting full 10 overs out of him. He reads the conditions well. He knows where to use the slow bouncers and off-cutters. His reading of the game is good. It’s a massive help for the side when you have a batsman as flamboyant as him who can also bowl you the overs,” Shastri was quoted saying by IndiaToday.

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