With Rohit Sharma finally finding his foothold in Test cricket, Virat Kohli has finally got a competitor who can challenge him for the No 1 batsman for India across formats.
Until now, Kohli was the No 1 batsman for India in all formats combined as Rohit was not a regular in Test cricket. But Rohit’s re-emergence in Test cricket has paved the way for the Hitman to challenge Kohli’s crown.
So, who, between Virat and Rohit, is the best batsman for India currently?
Close competition between Kohli and Rohit
The two are in a separate race of their own. The two are in a run to emerge the highest run-getter for India. Thanks to Rohit’s emergence in Tests, the Hitman is finally set to grab Kohli’s crown as the best batsman for India in all formats combined.
This year, Rohit is just ahead of Kohli as the most run-getter for India in all formats combined by just 9 runs.
Here are the stats for this year
|Runs in 2019||Rohit Sharma||Virat Kohli|
Rohit vs Kohli in scores of 50 and more
They are also competing hard for the most scores of 50 and more in all formats combined for India in 2019. Rohit is just one score of 50 and more ahead of Kohli.
|50+ scores in 2019||Rohit Sharma||Virat Kohli|
In winning causes
A player’s worth is determined by their contribution to winning causes. And both Kohli and Rohit are match-winners and India have won most of the times whenever the two have let their bat do the talking.
Rohit vs Kohli in winning causes in Tests
Rohit had a good year in Test cricket, thanks to his exploits in the series against South Africa and Bangladesh. He averages 92.66, while Kohli averages 73.63 in won causes. Kohli has a below-par season as per his high standards. Rohit has just edged past Kohli in winning causes in Tests.
Rohit vs Kohli in winning causes in ODIs
Rohit has been having a dream year in ODIs, hitting 7 tons overall, but 5 of them came in winning causes. But Kohli has a high success percentage in ODIs compared to Rohit. Kohli averages 71.20 in winning causes in ODIs, compared to 57.87 by Rohit.
Rohit vs Kohli in winning causes in T20Is
Kohli averages a whopping 114 in winning causes in T20Is, implying he has led from the front for India in the shortest format. Rohit averages 39.88 in winning causes in T20Is for India. However, both have same stats when it comes to runs and number of 50s in winning causes in T20Is.
Rohit vs Kohli in winning causes in all formats combined
The two are in a healthy competition and both take pride in scoring runs for the team. They love to guide India to the finish line. But Kohli is just ahead of Rohit in all formats combined. Kohli averages 86.27, while Rohit averages 63.45 in winning causes in all formats combined.
Hence, it seems Kohli is still the best batsman for India in all formats combined. But Rohit is catching up, and it won’t be long he’ll grab Kohli’s crown as he has made his place in Test XI permanent for the time being.
They are inarguably the best batsmen for India across all formats combined currently, but Kohli is just ahead of the Hitman.