As the cricketing world is eagerly waiting to get back to action which is currently stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has recalled some memories which made fans happy. While speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Rohit spoke about the day he actually realized the importance of fans in the game.

“You never realize you’re playing for the Indian cricket team until you witness the support of the fans. I still remember when we won against Australia in the semi-final in 2007 (World T20), our hotel was full of fans and they were all celebrating and dancing, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I hadn’t seen anything like this before. You always see fans in the stadium but that day at the hotel seeing all of those supporters I felt that it is the fans’ passion and love that keeps the team going,” he revealed.

Earlier, Robin Uthappa had praised Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli saying that while Rohit seems to have an eternity while playing, Kohli pretty well knows how to change gears from one format to the other. He again added that it’s amazing to watch how Rohit plays so effortlessly. He even praised Virat for his clear planning for each version of the game. In 50- over cricket, he almost never hits the ball in the air, unless it’s really required during the course of the game whereas, in T20, he is one of the fearless batsmen now.

“Similarly, in Test cricket, he is only going to hit the ball in the air once he has passed 120 or 150. But in T20 cricket, he pulls out the big shots and his orthodox big shots that you don’t even think that he will play it, because you have seen him play so much of good cricket along the ground in ODI & Test cricket that you don’t anticipate him playing that. Suddenly, the bowlers have to plan for each version of the game,” he concluded.