Rohit Sharma is my role model: Pakistan teen sensation Haider Ali

Written by Vipin Darwade

Having recently been named in the 29-man Pakistan squad for the England tour, teen sensation Haider Ali has picked India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma as his role model.

Haider has been making the right noises in the Pakistan cricketing spectrum for months now. Recently, he was also awarded an emerging contract as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the list of the centrally contacted batsman for the 2020-21 season.

Haider had also done wonders for Pakistan in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in 2019. Having earned his maiden senior national team call-up, Haider is now keen to emulate India’s Hitman.

“As far as role models are concerned, mine is Rohit Sharma,” 19-year-old Haider said in a video press conference.

Speaking of Rohit, the Pakistan teenage batsman pointed out that the way Rohit adapts his game based on the format he is playing, is what has impressed him a lot. Furthermore, the veteran Indian batsman’s approach in registering big scores is something that he himself wants to adopt.

“I really like him as a player, and want to give the side an aggressive start at the top, and hit the ball cleanly like him. He is a man for all three formats, and he can adapt his game to all three formats. And the thing I like best is when he crosses 50, he moves on to a 100, and then he’s thinking of 150, and even 200. That’s what I want to do: to think about getting big scores, and when I get there, aim for even bigger ones. He finishes the game off for his side, and is a real match-winner,” Haider further explained.

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