Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja opined that India will be benefited with having modern greats Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the playing XI, if the duo indulge in healthy competition.
Some reports claiming a tussle between Virat and Rohit, have repeatedly surfaced over the years. Also, many ego clashes amongst various star players have been reported in world cricket.
In a recent chat with IndiaTV, the cricketer-turned-commentator asserted that the top players always look to outdo each other and healthy competition always benefits the team.
“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 was of great importance to me. The team environment was brilliant under Imran Khan. 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,” Raja said.
‘Babar Azam needs to improve in Test cricket’ – Ramiz Raja
Speaking further about Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma‘s bonding, Raja said, “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.”
Ramiz Raja then spoke about Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and how he needs to improve in Test cricket. “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 signed off.