ICC WTC Final: New Zealand’s Shane Bond confident of Rohit Sharma’s performance in World Test Championship – Former New Zealand pacer and current Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond has expressed that MI captain and Team India’s opener Rohit Sharma will shine in the final of World Test Championship final at Southampton against New Zealand starting from June 18.
Bond has backed Rohit to tackle New Zealand’s Trent Boult in the swinging condition of England.
ICC WTC Final: “Even during the Indian Premier League (IPL) IPL season, [Trent] Boult was swinging the ball, hitting Rohit on the pad and telling him ‘that’s what is going to happen in the WTC final’ (laughs),” Bond said at a virtual press conference organised by Star Sports on Tuesday.
“So, they were already talking about it [WTC final] four months in advance. The banter was just brilliant. Those two were very aware that they were going to come up against each other. I can’t wait for the Boult vs Sharma battle. I am expecting a few smiles between the boys as well, which will be good to watch,” he added.
ICC WTC Final: Rohit rediscovered himself as a Test cricketer when he was given the role of opening the innings for India he has played few brilliant innings for Team India at the top including 161 against England at Chennai. In overseas conditions as well he gave India solid starts in Australia.
“I love Rohit as a player… I see him almost in a Matt Hayden type of role where he goes and imposes himself [on the oppoistion] as he did against England at home,” Bond said.
ICC WTC Final: “He is a very dynamic player in difficult conditions, can take the game away from a team even with New Zealand bowling with the new ball. He is such a strokemaker. It sort of suits him being at the top of the order when the ball is hard. There are obviously some areas in his game that New Zealand can look to exploit, but he scores fast, and if you score fast and put runs on the board, that instantly puts pressure on the bowling attack. As a bowler, there is nothing worse than going for runs when you are trying to pitch it up,” Bond added.
Rohit has hit four tons and two half-centuries as a Test opener in 17 innings scoring 1030 runs at an average of 64.37.