The legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist is confident about the success of Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket.
Rohit Sharma has evolved himself as one of the best batsmen in limited-overs cricket since he has taken the opening batting responsibility.
But Rohit hasn’t achieved much success in Test career. While he mostly batted as a middle-order batsman in Test cricket, he has failed to perform consistently. Moreover, his performances against the top-ranked Test sides are weaker. However, Rohit hasn’t been tested yet as a Test opener.
While the Indian team management is struggling to find out the proper Test opener, they can choose Rohit Sharma as the opener during the upcoming home Test series against South Africa. The chief selector MSK Prasad has recently claimed that the selectors will discuss the possibility of Rohit Sharma as a Test opener.
According to the latest media reports, the selectors are likely to add Rohit as an opener for the upcoming Test series.
Adam Gilchrist strongly believes that Rohit Sharma can be successful as an opener in Test cricket. Talking about the concern, Gilchrist added that Rohit might face more challenges in South Africa, England and Australia.
According to TOI, Gilchrist said, “There is no reason why Rohit Sharma cannot be successful in Test cricket. In India, most definitely he can play as an opener. There might be more challenging times abroad in South Africa, England and Australia.”
Rohit Sharma is world-class – Adam Gilchrist
During his IPL career, Adam Gilchrist played with Rohit Sharma for the now-defunct team Deccan Chargers. Gilchrist and Rohit both played for Deccan Chargers from 2008 to 2010. Even they put strong performances during the IPL 2009, where Deccan Chargers won their only IPL trophy.
With his personal experience, Gilchrist has claimed that Rohit is a world-class cricketer. The former Australian wicketkeeper has also added that Rohit should open in Test cricket if only he wants to do it.
Gilchrist added, “I have played with Rohit, in IPL. Rohit deceives people in that they feel he is not working hard enough because he is such a laidback guy, but it means just as much to him as it does to anyone else. Rohit is world class. If he wants to take on the challenge at the top of the order, there is no reason why it wouldn’t work. But it would take a change in his mindset, in his batting approach, particularly overseas. In India, it is suited to him. He’s got to want to do it, no one should force him.”
The national selectors will reportedly announce the Indian Test squad for the upcoming Test series on Thursday (12th September).