Finch names the greatest ODI player of all time
Australia captain Aaron Finch heaped praise on India captain Virat Kohli and vice captain Rohit Sharma for their mature batting in the ODI decider at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Finch has labelled Virat Kohli as probably the greatest ODI player of all time and placed his partner-in-crime Rohit Sharma in top-five after their notable performance helped India clinch the ODI series.
Rohit Sharma scored his 29th ODI hundred and ended up scoring a productive 119. He was named the man of the match for his splendid knock whereas Indian captain Kohli scored 89 off 91 balls and was named the man of the series for his overall tally of 183. In the process, both the stalwarts consolidated their positions in the latest ODI player rankings.
The No.1 and 2 ranked ODI batsmen constructed an important 137-run stand for the second wicket that helped India ace the run-chase. India, in the end, finished the game in 47.3 overs with 7 wickets remaining.
“They’ve got Virat who is probably the greatest ODI player of all-time, and Rohit who’d probably be in the top five batters of all-time. They’re exceptional, and the thing with the Indian side at the moment is their experienced players are getting the job done in the big games,” Finch added.
Despite the fact that Shikhar Dhawan was injured and did not play the third match, India could still manage to get over the line with strong top-order batsmen. This goes to show how good the top-order is for India.
“Rohit’s 100, especially without Shikhar there tonight, for them to shuffle and their two most dominant players to still get majority of the runs is a sign of a really settled and really quality top-order,” said Australia skipper Finch at the post-match media interaction.
Aaron Finch also reserved the highest praise for India’s death over bowling at the same time. Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini and Jasprit Bumrah stuck to their line and lengths and mounted pressure on Australian batsmen. Rightly so, the Indian pacers prevented Australia from scoring more runs in the last ten overs.
“But credit to India, their death bowling in the last few games was exceptional. (Mohammed) Shami was nailing his yorkers, (Navdeep) Saini in the last two games and (Jasprit) Bumrah. In both games they were exceptional. You can look at where we could have improved but also you’ve got to give some credit to India,” added Finch.