At its best, the Indian stalwarts, Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma has the potential of making any opponent look ordinary and on one such occasion, the desperate rival skipper, Australia’s Aaron Finch, ended up asking for help from the umpire on how to get the two out. The umpire in question was Englishman Michael Gough and he recalled telling Finch, “you’re on your own.”
The 40-year-old Gough, who has so far officiated in 62 One-Day Internationals including the two recent India-Australia bilateral ODI series in 2019 and 2020, recalled a conversation that he had with Finch while the premier Indain batsmen went about their business with ease.
During a chat with Wisden Cricket Monthly, Gough said, “I remember a match between India and Australia, and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were putting on a huge partnership. I was stood next to Aaron Finch at square-leg and he said to me, during the game, how it was unbelievable to watch these two great players.”
The umpire further added, “Then he asked me how I would bowl at them! I looked at him and said, ‘I’ve got enough on my plate, you’re on your own there’.”
The third ODI between India and Australia at Bangaluru in January this year is likely to be the one that Gough is talking about. Kohli (89) and Rohit (119) as they both stitched a huge partnership of 137 runs for the second wicket and it helped the men in blue winning the game. Team India was chasing a decent total of 286 runs and they went over the line with seven wickets in gand and sealed the series 2-1.
During his playing career, Gough featured 67 first-class games for Durham. As an off-spinner, Gough took 30 first-class wickets and 21 list A wickets.