When Australian captain Aaron Finch asked the umpire how to break Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma partnership

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Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. (Image Source: Twitter)

There is hardly any sight better in world cricket than watching Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli bat in tandem. Whenever the two modern masters bat together, it seems as if it is poetry in motion.


However, one should spare a thought for the bowlers and the captain in the opposition when both Virat and Kohli make their lives difficult.

The dynamic duo has stitched innumerable hundred run partnerships as well as many double-century stands, to turn the tide in favour of India.


Recently, umpire Michael Gough revealed about the incident when a helpless Australian captain, Aaron Finch, sought advice from him, when both Virat and Rohit were going great guns during one of the matches.

“I remember a match between India and Australia, and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were putting on a huge partnership. I was standing next to Aaron Finch at square-leg and he said to me, during the game, how it was unbelievable to watch these two great players,” Gough told Wisden Cricket Monthly.

“Then he asked me how I would bowl at them! I looked at him and said, ‘I’ve got enough on my plate, you’re on your own there’,” added Gough.


Although Gough did not mention the details of the match, it is highly likely that he was talking about the recent ODI at Bengaluru, earlier in 2020, where he stood as an umpire.

With the series levelled at 1-1, the action shifted to the third and the final ODI at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

India had their task cut-out, chasing a challenging total of 286. Moreover, it turned out to be one-way traffic as Rohit and Virat cruised India towards victory with their match-winning partnership of 137 runs.


Captain Kohli scored 89 runs, while Rohit notched up yet another ODI ton during his 119 run-knock. As a result, India won the series by 2-1.

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