If there is one former player who has time and again backed Rohit Sharma to be a part of India Test side then it has to be former India skipper Sourav Ganguly. The legendary skipper has reiterated his support for Rohit’s inclusion in the Test side although the later has not quite delivered as per expectation in the longest format of the game.
Rohit’s contrasting performances in the limited-overs and Test cricket have left the entire cricketing world baffled. One of the finest cricketers of the white-ball, Rohit is surprisingly yet to cement his place in the Test team even after making his debut five years ago.
For a player of his calibre, the constant struggle in red-ball cricket can be embarrassing. His Test career started with a bang. Drafted in the team for the series against Windies in 2013 which will be always remembered as the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s testimonial series, Rohit managed to steal the thunder for a while. In his first two innings, he slammed two centuries, becoming only the fifth batsman to do so.
However, those two terrific knocks were not the precursor of how his Test career would unfold. Earlier this year, he lost his place in the Test side after the poor tour of South Africa.
Well, Ganguly’s wish of seeing Rohit in India whites has been granted as Rohit has made it to the Test side for the series against Australia. And the legendary skipper believes a place in the Test side must have done a world of good to Rohit’s confidence
“Rohit Sharma once again displayed what a power house he is in this format. I have a feeling his call-up to the Test squad for the Australia tour made him more confident,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India.
Ganguly further said that the Australian wickets will suit Rohit’s stroke-play.
“His game seems to have tightened a lot and his shot selection has also become better. The Australian wickets are hard, with comparatively lesser movement than England and Rohit’s back foot play will be his strength,” he wrote.
The former India skipper further wrote he is eager to see Virat Kohli’s performance in Australia.
“Virat Kohli had a dream series and will love to carry his form into Australia. The Australian team and the entire cricketing world will be waiting to see where he goes from here. The selectors want to keep him fresh and it is a good decision to rest him,” wrote Ganguly.