In the Asia Cup final on Sunday, Mohammad Rizwan led Pakistan with 55 off 49 balls, but Sri Lanka cruised to a 23-run victory to capture their sixth championship as Pakistan’s typical style didn’t appear appropriate for the chase. Despite completing the tournament with 281 runs from six games, the stumper Rizwan’s lethargic knock garnered criticism from analysts and fans. However, Babar Azam only scored 68 runs throughout the game, and his dismal performance may raise questions before the World T20 in Australia next month.

Despite now holding the top two spots in the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings, Salman Butt, the team’s previous captain, refused to compare Rizwan and Babar to India’s Rohit Sharma. A free-flowing Rohit in his element is one of the best sights in the game. Watching him bat in any format is enjoyable, whether it’s for his easy sixes or his exquisite timing.

Butt gave Rohit high praise and said that if he had fitness levels half as excellent as those of Virat Kohli, probably one of the fittest players in cricket, he would be on par with South African legend AB de Villiers.

Rohit: “Unka comparison nahi banta (with Babar and Rizwan). Rohit ki fitness Kohli se aadhi bhi ho, toh usse zyada destructive player nahi hai, with his skill set. Beechme’s player nahi aata, fir uska aur sirf AB de Villiers ka match reh jaata hai. If Rohit wasn’t physically fit, Kohli’s career wouldn’t have a chance. Only AB de Villiers comes close to Rohit’s skill set, which would make him the most devastating player if his fitness levels were half as excellent as Kohli’s, according to Butt on his YouTube channel.

Despite India’s early withdrawal from the Asia Cup, Rohit argued that the squad and its present style of play are both OK. Rohit echoed what his predecessor Kohli would often say at news conferences: “I don’t believe there’s anything wrong, it appears like it from the outside, but we don’t look at it that way.”