Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag

Robin Uthappa has lavished praise on Rohit Sharma, who scored twin centuries in his first Test as an opener, terming him one of the best batsmen of the world.

“He has always done well in India and abroad. In white-ball cricket, he dominates the scene right now. He is arguably one of the best batsmen in the world,” Uthappa said of Rohit on the sidelines of a Kolkata Knight Riders’ promotional programme.

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Rohit had a miraculous World Cup campaign earlier as he finished with the most runs in the 10-nation tournament.

“He has reached a point in his career where he understands his batting really well and knows what works for him. Given that situation, he must be going through a huge surge in confidence.”

“I think he has figured out opening the batting, and this opportunity came at the right moment for Rohit to capitalize on it. So it’s not a surprise that he is successful,” Uthappa added.

When asked about Rohit being compared to destructive former India opener Virender Sehwag, Uthappa said: “It’s not right to compare. He has his own style of batting. They are both aggressive; that’s the common thread. Viru pa was more a demolisher of the ball while Rohit caresses it. The way they go about dealing with bowlers is vastly different, but the aggressive nature in the common factor.”