Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli defining pair for India in modern era: Kumar Sangakkara
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara compared the pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to that of former India greats Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, calling them the "defining pair" for the team in the modern era.
Heaping rich praise on the Indian captain and limited-overs vice-captain, Sangakkara said that the two make batting look so easy by playing "orthodox" cricketing shots without taking much risk.
"If you look at Rahul (Dravid) and Dada (Sourav Ganguly), both of them are orthodox batsmen. They play beautiful cricket shots and are very technically correct, Dravid may be a little bit more so, but the ability to be as destructive with such rate and precision stroke-making is something that has to be really admired.
"If you take the modern-day game, India has two of the best players in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who play orthodox cricket but who are just absolutely destructive in any format of the game. You don’t have to muscle the ball or put too much effort or look ugly doing it, they just play good cricket shots and results come," Sangakkara said on Star Sports' show Cricket Connected.
Sangakkara, who amassed more than 12,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, then went on to add that Kohli and Rohit are two of the best batsmen in the modern era.
"There is something very special about Virat and Rohit. That fact that rules have changed and maybe run-scoring might have become slightly easier in one-day cricket, but the fact remains that to be so consistent across all formats, he’s so consistent in T20 cricket.
"It’s incredibly hard, the volume of cricket that India athletes plays. So, I think you have to have a lot of respect for Rohit and Virat but understand that it’s all because of the players that have gone before and have done all the hard work then as well. So, it’s a knock-on effect, so in every era, there’s always a defining pair and in the modern era, its Rohit and Virat for India for sure," Sangakkara said.