Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has batted for Rohit Sharma to be given an opportunity as an opener in Test cricket. While speaking to Sports Tak, Gambhir said Rohit should be given chances in upcoming six home Test matches.
“I completely agree with Sourav Ganguly. India have experimented with their openers in the past. Virender Sehwag opened for India and so did Deep Das Gupta. Rohit is far better than Deep Dasgupta. If you give him six matches at home, I am sure he will be able to do well overseas. If you ask him to open straight away in overseas conditions, that will be difficult,” he told Sports Tak.
After poor performances by KL Rahul, it is likely that he will be dropped from the Test side while Rohit Sharma is expected to keep his place in the team. With no Prithvi Shaw available for now, team India might have a new opener in the South Africa home series.
It remains to be seen if the team management gives a chance to Rohit as an opener or will they call up Abhimanyu Easwaran for the opening job. Easwaran has been in great form in domestic cricket and for India A and with a double-century in the Duleep Trophy final, he further pressed his case for selection.
Rohit was dropped from the Test side after the South Africa tour last year but made a comeback for Australia tour where he was also preferred over Hanuma vIhari. Although Vihari pipped him for a place in the playing XI in West Indies, where Rohit warmed the bench in both the Test matches.
The India squad will be trimmed for the home series against South Africa but Rohit is unlikely to be dropped.
The biggest question is whether Mayank Agarwal will have a new partner for the series or will the selectors give a chance to Rohit or Easwaran to open the innings.
India play New Zealand and Australia in the ICC Tes championship next year and the decision to pick a suitable opener will largely depend on the conditions there.
In 27 Tests so far, Rohit has scored 1585 runs at an average of 39.62. He made his debut against West Indies in 2013 and scored two centuries in his first two Test matches. Rohit has just scored one century since then.
The upcoming India-South Africa series starts on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. The next two Tests will start on October 10 and 19 in Pune and Ranchi, respectively