Glenn McGrath, former Australian pacer believes Rohit Sharma’s inclusion in the playing XI for the Sydney Test will provide a big lift to the Indian team.
Glenn McGrath feels the Mumbai batsman who leads Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 and is a vice-captain in ODIs should have done better in his Test career given his ability to perform as a batsman.
Glenn McGrath: Rohit Sharma Is A Class Player Whose Experience, Skill And Ability Would Lift India
Rohit Sharma has missed most of the Australian tour especially limited-overs leg so far because of injury and fitness issues. However, he has made a comeback to the Test team for last 2 Tests after spending two weeks in quarantine. He was cleared to play after undergoing rehabilitation at NCA following a hamstring injury in IPL 2020. Glenn McGrath believes Rohit Sharma will be looking to make an immediate impact with the bat after missing out so far.
“Rohit Sharma, he’s just a class player. To have someone of that experience, skill and ability coming into the team should be a big lift. He will probably come in and someone like Agarwal or Vihari will go out depending on where Rohit bats. But he will be keen to make an instant impact.” McGrath said in a press conference.
“He hasn’t had too many matches for a while, so I will be keen to see how he goes. A player of his experience, I always thought he should do better at Test cricket than what his stats probably suggest. He will be a player Australians would be keen to get out quite early because he hasn’t had too many games recently.” McGrath added.
Rohit Sharma who is a certainty in ODI and T20I squad hasn’t shown his calibre that much in Tests though he averages above 45 in Tests too. He has played only 5 Tests in and against Australia and will look to make amends by scoring a ton as an opener. As an opener, he averages 92.67 amassing 556 runs in 4 Tests and 6 innings. Glenn McGrath says Australia must get him out early because it will be hard to dismiss him if he gets set.
Rohit Sharma Named In XI For 3rd Test Despite Being Part Of Controversies
Rohit Sharma’s name has been embroiled in quite a few controversies over the past few months. He was under the scanner for playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL bearing considerable pain when it was believed that he wasn’t fit enough to play in the limited over series against Australia.
Even captain Virat Kohli termed the situation as confusing, which indicated the lack of communication between all the parties involved. The matter was later sorted out as after coming to Australia and undergoing a strict quarantine, it was always expected that Rohit Sharma would be drafted straight into the Indian team.
However, he was involved in another controversy. Rohit Sharma was part of a group of players including Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw who were spotted dining out, where they were suspected of breaking the bio-bubble with sources indicating that the five players will not play and they were kept in isolation.
But as things stand, the right-handed batsman has been named in the playing XI for the upcoming Test. It remains to be seen whether the ‘Hitman’ can deliver for India against Australia in the last 2 Tests of ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In 32 Test matches, Rohit Sharma has scored 2141 runs at a healthy average of 46.54. However, his average drops down significantly against Australia.
The 33-year-old has played five Tests against the Aussies, managing to score just 279 runs at an average of 31 in 5 Tests. With the series tied 1-1 after India bouncing back and winning the MCG Test, India will be hoping Rohit Sharma can significantly improve these stats in the last two Tests.