India opener Rohit Sharma impressed everyone with his swashbuckling knock of 176 against South Africa in the first innings of the opening Test in Visakhapatnam and even former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar couldn't stop himself from lauding the right-handers' effort.
Posting a video on his official YouTube handle, Akhtar said he had acknowledged Rohit's true potential in 2013.
"I had asked Rohit to add a G, for Great before his name (Great Rohit Sharma) and play in the manner going in with the mindset that he is the best batsman in India," Akhtar said in the video.
He further said that Rohit is also turning out to be a modern-day great like Virat Kohli and Steven Smith. The former Pakistan pacer also said that in future when India face-off against England in a five-match Test series, Rohit could amass 1,000 runs in the rubber and will surpass Smith's run tally of 774 runs in the recently-concluded Ashes series.
Earlier, Rohit opened for the first time in Test cricket for India during the opening Test against South Africa and went on to shatter various records. The 'Hitman' also equalled former India skipper and batting great Rahul Dravid's record of six consecutive fifties on home soil in Tests.