Rohit Sharma and David Warner are considered as two of the best opening batsmen in modern-day cricket, especially in the limited-overs format. Both are consistent in run-scoring ability, and they are undoubtedly the spinal column of their national side.
The duo is widely famous for demoralising any bowling attack. Both Rohit and Warner like to take bowlers to the cleaners. They are equally good against seamers as well as pacers. The opposition captain often finds it challenging to get rid of Rohit or Warner due to their supreme consistency in the white-ball cricket.
In the 2019 World Cup, both Rohit and Warner ended up as the leading run-scorers. In 9 games, Rohit accumulated 648 runs at a phenomenal average of 81 with five centuries and one half-ton. Warner, on the other hand, clubbed 647 runs in 10 matches at an impressive average of 71.88 with three hundreds and as many half-centuries.
But who is the ideal opener between the two? Well, in a recent interaction with Anis Sajan on Cricket Talks, England’s limited-overs opener Jason Roy was asked to choose his opening partner from another country. Roy was given two options of Rohit and Warner. The Durban-born cricketer made his pick in the form of Rohit.
Rohit is the only batsman in the history of ODI cricket to smash three double-centuries. Overall, the 33-year-old has played 224 games amassing 9115 runs with 29 hundreds and 43 half-centuries. The Nagpur-born batsman is the seventh Indian to score that many runs in ODI format. When it comes to T20Is, Rohit is the second-highest run-getter. He has 2773 runs to his name.
During the conversation, Roy also talked about England’s maiden ODI World Cup triumph.
He said: “Everything that I imagined about the WC final in my childhood, the match transcended every bit of it. Listening to people cheering you was the most insane feeling. Once we went to the ground, it felt like another game. I didn’t watch that game until a month ago when it was replayed on TV.”