Virat vs Rohit the no.4 dilemma .

on Dec 02, 2013 , 03:15 pm
A few weeks ago when asked by Salman khan in a function as to whom Sachin thought would equal or better his records , Sachin candidly said Rohit and Virat without missing a beat . To me this was the highest praise for any young player . Virat is already burning the charts and soon after Sachin's declaration , Rohit got in the act as well and in the two test matches played by him so far has an avg. of 288 . If we add to this the double hundred he notched up against Australia the we can say that he has had an orgasmic month as a cricketer . Seldom in a career a player goes through this patch and Rohit and Virat are smart enough to en cash it while this purple patch lasts . I just hope that they have not used up all the runs and have some left in the tank for South africa .

Openers slot in cricket as a centre forward in hockey or football and a quarterback in american football is the most glamorous and pivotal position . In the Indian context this was largely due to the fact that Sunil Gavasker got all the records as an opener . Internationally and traditionally the top batters have been no.3 for eg. Bradman , Ponting , Dravid , Sangakara and Lara . The new exalted batting position in world cricket is surly no. 4 now thanks to Mr Tendulkar . All new comers unless they are specialist openers have to start their way up the batting order by batting at no. 6 . Sachin did it , Ganguly did it and so did many others .

Its amusing to see the problem in hand for Dhoni and will be interesting to see whom he hands over the coveted slot against SA . There are many logics and theories on who would be best but I might be biased in my point of view and would go with Virat . My reasons are purely esoteric and traditional . First that virat has proven himself in the test XI , he has done the hard yards and now ready awaiting promotion , he has fuelled the imagination of all stat junkies and if someone is pitchforked ahead of him and he is bypassed then he might feel let down . I am sure the kind of team man he is , he will not let this affect his focus but it will leave a bad taste in the mouth for sure . What finally works out for the indian team is not known but there is something called propriety and " parampara ' in cricket that needs to be followed .

In sheer number of records leaving aside the utility , contribution , impact and resource there is no one even close to prolific Virat . Equalling of Sir ViV's record to fastest 5000 runs is a a clear indication to Virat factor in india's march in world cricket . India and world cricket needed an obsession after Sachin and Virat has filled the slot beautifully . I don't want to get greedy and demand more and more . Having myself played the game at all levels for a reasonable period of time I now that dark days will also come when even a top player finds it hard to lay a bat on bowl . "Yips" is lurking for all top players no matter the sport , era or stature . The true test for Virat will lie when he hits this patch . I have watched him grow from a frothy youngster , at times brash , overconfident teen into a confident and balanced captain in waiting . I have no doubt that he will have the wits about him when the speed breaker will come . ...and mind you it will come , but when you cross over it and get your second wind .... man ! that's the sporting nirvana all players dream of .

RS is best and VK is excellent.
on Dec 04, 2013 , 01:49 pm
Mohammad Idris Khilji
Though they both are very good players, and Virat is more consistent, but Rohit might also do wonders in future. So it is very difficult to tell who is or will be better.
on Dec 04, 2013 , 10:53 am
Nandan Kumar
both are paying good cricket but if we see the consistancy then it should go to virat only
on Dec 04, 2013 , 10:45 am
Paramjeet Singh
it,s to early to comment. vk got runs rs got style.
on Dec 03, 2013 , 06:31 pm
Sharath S H
RS , because he doesn't abuse his teammate and opponent
on Dec 03, 2013 , 03:12 pm
Md Mansoor Khan
Both of them are better players in their own forms, what good is they are good asset for Indian Team...
on Dec 03, 2013 , 01:53 pm
Badri Narayanan
Kohli any day.. But anyways we will get to know the best of the new breed post Newzealand. And I'm not liking the way the selectors are making Pujara a Dravid. He will definitely do very well in ODIs. Post Newzealand I guess he will be in the ODI team definitely.
on Dec 02, 2013 , 08:55 pm
Asif Tanvir
Atul, as much as I adore Sachins achievements, the fact is no player is bigger than the game of cricket, the position 'number four' was fulfilled before ST made it his own and will continue be filled by some other worthy player post ST........the greatest come and go and the uber great even less so, and in my opinion Sir Viv Richards was the greatest number four the game has ever seen in all forms, sheer brutality and without a helmet!! I still remember being mesmerised by possibly the greatest ODI innings ever when Viv when butchered Bob Willis and co at Old Trafford with his 189not out!!!
on Dec 02, 2013 , 05:18 pm
Atul Wassan replies to Asif Tanvir
u are right Asif .viv was the epitome of a blaster . being destructive and overpowering but never ungainly or a step out of sync . sheer poetry . great guy and relic of the old world charm of cricket minus the moolah .. still enjoy my run ins with him . he came specially for my b day party in delhi .
on Feb 05, 2014 , 01:53 am
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