England’s limited-over opener, Jason Roy, was asked to name choose between the two best batsmen in the world with whom he’d like to open with – Rohit Sharma or David Warner.
Jason Roy, who set last year’s World Cup ablaze with his smashing batting, chose the former – India’s opener Rohit Sharma – in an interview with CricTracker.
If you’re asked to name two of the best opening batsmen in the world of cricket today, Rohit Sharma’s name has to be right up there. The man has done everything to deserve to be in the list – score double centuries in ODIs, a century in his first Test as opener, the most hundreds in a single edition of a World Cup and emerging as the leading run-getter of a year – 1490 runs in 2019.
And the second one, without a doubt, has to be David Warner. The fearless Australia opener is perhaps one of the best openers of modern-day cricket. With 5267 runs from 123 ODIs at an average of over 45, Warner is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. His opening partnership with Aaron Finch is the 10th most successful in the world and Warner and Finch make for the fourth-most successful Australian opening pair in ODIs with 3297 runs from 65 matches at an average of 51.51 with 10 century and 14 fifty partnerships.
Roy was the highlight of the England’s World Cup campaign, successfully scoring 443 runs from seven innings at an average of 63.28 with one century and four terrific fifties. He faced an injury and missed three games, but he roared back against India, with a thrashing 66 against them and followed it with knocks of 60 and 85 against New Zealand and Australia, respectively.
He managed to score just 17 runs in the final but being a part of an iconic moment for England was the perfect way the World Cup could have capped off for Roy.
“Everything that I imagined about the WC final in my childhood, the match transcended every bit of it. Listening to people cheering you was the most insane feeling. Once we went to the ground, it felt like another game. I didn’t watch that game until a month ago when it was replayed on TV,” Roy said.
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