Haider Ali mentioned that Indian cricketing nice Rohit Sharma is his function mannequin.© AFP
Pakistan’s new batting star Haider Ali mentioned Thursday that Indian cricketing nice Rohit Sharma is his function mannequin. The reward comes despite the fact that bitter rivals India and Pakistan seldom play one another, and as political tensions stay excessive. “Rohit Sharma is my function mannequin due to the best way he offers the Indian crew a begin. It is superb,” the 19-year-old Haider instructed reporters.
“Whether or not it is a Take a look at, one-day worldwide or a Twenty20, he comes with a considering and takes the assault to the bowlers. I wish to give the identical begin to the Pakistan crew.”
Haider broke into Pakistan’s 29-member squad for the forthcoming England tour following a number of notable performances – together with a shedding half-century towards India within the semi-final of the ICC Junior World Cup in South Africa earlier this 12 months.
Matches between India and Pakistan stalled within the wake of the 2008 terror assault in Mumbai, though the outdated foes face off sometimes in multinational occasions.
India’s Rohit has soared in recent times, having hit three double-hundreds in one-day internationals, together with a world report 264.
He additionally holds the report for hitting probably the most sixes in Twenty20 internationals – a staggering 127.
Nonetheless, Haider’s cross-border praise shouldn’t be unprecedented.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli typically praises Pakistan quick bowler Mohammad Amir, whereas Pakistan batsman Babar Azam is well-liked in India.
Haider mentioned he admired Rohit’s constant, aggressive fashion.
“As soon as he reaches 50 he thinks for 100, and on 100 he thinks of 150,” the teen mentioned.
Pakistan are scheduled to go to England subsequent week to spend 14 days in quarantine earlier than taking part in the primary Take a look at in Manchester from August 5.
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