Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh heaped top praise on India’s limited-overs deputy after comparing him to Pakistan batting legend Inzamam-ul-Haq. Regarded as the ‘next big thing in Indian cricket’ – Rohit made his ODI debut in June 2007 while his maiden T20 game came during the World Cup later that year against England, where unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to bat. Talking about Rohit’s first impression, Yuvraj stated that he found similarities in the Indian batsman’s playing style to former Pakistan great.

Just like Inzamam, Rohit is known for his extraordinary strokeplay, ability to pick bowlers’ length early and lazy elegance. Asked about his first impression of Rohit, the 38-year-old Yuvraj said the swashbuckling batsman seemed like somebody who had a lot of time to play his strokes.

“I think when he came into the Indian team, he looked like somebody who had a lot of time,” Yuvraj Singh said during a YouTube chat show.

“He reminded me of Inzamam-ul-Haq, because, when he batted, Inzi had a lot of time to play the bowlers.”

Both Yuvi and Rohit are known to be close friends and share a great rapport on and off the field. When Yuvraj decided to call it quits from all forms of cricket, Rohit was the first one to acknowledge the contribution of one of India’s biggest match-winner in limited-overs cricket and expressed his views.

“You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman. You deserved a better send off,” wrote the Indian vice-captain on Twitter.

Yuvraj was quick to respond to Sharma’s tweet saying, “You know how I feel inside! Love u brothaman you go be a legend”

Earlier during an interview, Yuvraj revealed he got more support under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy than under MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

“I have played under Sourav and had a lot of support from him. Then Mahi (MS Dhoni) took over. It’s a difficult choice to make between Sourav and Mahi. I have more memories of time under Sourav because of the support he gave me. I didn’t have that kind of support from Mahi and Virat,” Yuvraj was quoted by Sportstar.