Ramiz Raja has stated that having two powerhouses like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the same playing eleven can work to Team India’s advantage, if the two players indulge in healthy competition.
Over the years, cricket teams with two or more superstar players have witnessed ego clashes. Reports of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma not getting along with each other having also been doing the rounds on and off.
The former Pakistan skipper, during an interview with India TV, opined that great players can get the best out of each other. To back his claim, Ramiz Raja gave the example of the Pakistan team that was led by Imran Khan.
“Performance jealousy has always been there. Don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing but during my playing days, the team environment meant of great importance to me. The team environment was brilliant under Imran Khan,” he said.
“Best players always look to outdo each other and healthy competition always benefits the team. Virat and Rohit can also thrive together. Players often help each other when they are together in the middle,” the 58-year-old added.
Serious doubts were raised over Virat and Rohit’s relationship after the Indian skipper claimed that he had no idea regarding the injured Rohit’s availability for the Australia series.
Both players were in the UAE for IPL 2020 before India headed to Australia. Following the conclusion of India’s home series against England, reports had claimed that both players had sorted out their differences in the bio-bubble.
“Great deal of personal bonding has happened in recent weeks and they’re more in sync now than ever with regards to their cricket, the team, their responsibilities, and the upcoming challenges. They understand now, more than ever, that the team will only benefit if they find themselves on the same page,” a source told the Times of India.
During the same interaction, Raza was also asked how he would rate current Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. He said while the Indian skipper is a proven performer, the same cannot be said about the Pakistan skipper in Tests as yet.
“Babar Azam needs to improve his Test record. He’s a stylish batsman but he’s to achieve a lot in Test cricket. He will be considered among greats if he slams big innings in Test cricket. If the Pakistan skipper succeeds in doing that, the sky is the limit,” he concluded.