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Before India vs. Sri Lanka’s second one-day international, Gambhir shocked Star Sports by comparing Rohit Sharma to Ricky Ponting

Can Ricky Ponting and Rohit Sharma be compared to each other? Gautam Gambhir, a former India opener, is of the opinion that this is the case, ranking the Indian captain higher than the great Australian.

One of the current generation’s best white-ball batters is India captain Rohit Sharma. However, prior to this career, he was not as threatening.

When he was made an opener in 2013 by then-captain MS Dhoni, his career took a major turn. He took advantage of the opportunity and began his journey toward becoming a white-ball giant.

Rohit made a hundred against Jaipur and became the third Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to make a double hundred in an ODI series.

Now fast forward to the present day, when the elegant right-handed batter is one hundred away from matching the legendary Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record for the most centuries in the history of 50-over cricket.

In 237 matches, Rohit has scored 9537 runs, an average of nearly 49, and 29 centuries. Ponting, on the other hand, won 375 matches with an average of 42 and scored 30 centuries and 13704 runs.

Can Rohit and Ponting be compared to each other? Gautam Gambhir, a former India opener, is of the opinion that this is the case, ranking the Indian captain higher than the great Australian.

Before the last five to six years, Rohit Sharma was not as consistent. “He definitely got about 20 hundred in the last five, six, and seven years,” Gambhir stated on Star Sports prior to the beginning of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka.

Concerning Rohit’s century graph, Gambhir is correct. In fact, Rohit has scored 19 ODI hundreds in just five years, from 2017 to 2020. In fact, his final century came against Australia in January 2020. He has been one century short of Ponting’s total for nearly three years.

Sanjay Manjrekar, a fellow panelist and former India cricketer, was completely taken aback by Gambhir’s sudden comparison of Rohit to Ponting. Manjrekar said, “You missed that,” to get the host’s attention.

What’s Ponting’s track record on the subcontinent, then? In ODI matches played in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, and India, the former Australia No. 3 averages 41.

However, there is a significant distinction in his centuries column. Only six centuries ago, Ponting subcontinent out of his 30.

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