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2019 World Cup: Rohit Sharma is in a different class, says KL Rahul after win over Bangladesh

KL Rahul, who himself played a fine knock against Bangladesh on Tuesday, said that trying to emulate Rohit Sharma is foolish because the Mumbaikar is in a different class altogether.

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New Delhi Published on: July 03, 2019 9:29 IST
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Rohit Sharma is in a different class, says KL Rahul after win over Bangladesh

India opener KL Rahul returned to form with a stylish 92-ball 77 against Bangladesh and stitched a 180-run stand with Rohit Sharma at the top of the order but when asked if he wanted to bat like the more attacking Rohit Sharma, he just said that one would be a fool to do so.

Rohit continued his rich vein of form on Tuesday as he smashed his fourth century in this year's World Cup and Rahul just couldn't stop raving about his new opening partner.

"You would be a fool to be tempted to bat like Rohit because he is in a different class. He is on a different planet altogether when he gets going. He made it look really easy (against Bangladesh) when really it wasn't anything of the kind. The pitch was two-paced, up and down, not coming on to the bat, but from the way he played, you would not have known.

"We expect it from him and he is delivering every time. To bat with him is really easy because he takes the pressure off you. He keeps getting the boundaries and the scoreboard keeps ticking, I just have to keep there with him. It is great fun.

"He has scored the most runs for the team, but everyone else has chipped in and we have talked about that as a team, to keep the contributions coming from the middle order and at the death," Rahul explained.

Commenting on his own form, Rahul said: "Personally, I feel I have been going well, but am not fully satisfied as I haven't carried on after some of the starts. When I say 'convert', I mean getting to, say, 35 or 45 overs as often as I can because in these conditions it is the set batsmen who can do the most damage."

The Men in Blue have now qualified for the semis and Rahul said that the boys did enjoy a bit of a party in the dressing room after the win over Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

"We did enjoy a bit of a celebration after the game," he said. "We are two steps away from winning the trophy and that has been a dream we have worked towards for the past four years.

"We put in a clinical performance, we batted and bowled well, and we have this winning momentum. Now we have to make sure we keep our heads up and our eyes on what is happening."

(With inputs from IANS)

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