Harbhajan Singh, who has played alongside India captain Virat Kohli and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma revealed who is better in the shortest format. In a popular show, Harbhajan said that he felt both are tremendous cricketers and it is difficult to pick one over the other. He was confused as he said both have incredible records and have been proven customers in the circuit. But then, he felt Kohli was a more hard working cricketer, whereas Rohit, on the other hand, was talented and gifted.

“That’s a tricky question. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are tremendous players and both are match-winners. Both are class players and their records speak for themselves. Rohit Sharma is supremely talented while Virat Kohli is a hard-working cricketer. Maybe, Kohli is not as talented at Rohit but his hard-work and passion have taken him to where he is right now. So, it’s tough for me to pick who’s a better batsman. I will not be able to answer this question. But both play for India, that’s what matters,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.

“Rohit has scored so many hundreds in T20Is because he opens the innings and he gets to play that many deliveries. Virat Kohli sometimes has to play slow at the start of his innings after India lose early wickets. And, when he gets a set platform, 15-16 overs are already over. So we should not look at the stats but look at how much these two players have contributed playing for India,” Harbhajan said.

“Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.

“It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind.” The series decider will be played at Hamilton on Sunday.

“It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side,” Rohit said.