Accomplished as one of the best white-ball cricketers, Rohit Sharma is still trying to acclimatize in the opener’s role in Test cricket. The experienced batsman was given the job to open the innings in the South Africa Test series. He started with twin centuries in the first Test in Vizag but could not convert a start into a big innings in the second Test.
Rohit still has his chances left and is expected to make full use of it to fix his spot as the opener.
West Indies legend and their former captain, Brian Lara, has also shared his views on Rohit’s Test career and as per him, there are no reasons why he should not be in the Test side.
“I think [he] is an awesome player in all formats. Obviously, in the limited overs game, he’s been successful. I don’t see any reason why he should not be in Test cricket. It seems he has the passion to play and wants to prove himself on that stage [Test cricket] as well. To exclude a player like that [from the Test team] will be very difficult with the talent that I see. So, hopefully he’ll be successful,” Lara said at the sidelines of Road Safety World Series League T20 tournament.
Rohit had made a glittering start to his Test career by scoring centuries in his first two Tests, which came against West Indies but his form dropped.
He remained a member of the team but was never regular in the playing XI. After being dropped from England tour last year, Rohit’s Test career seemed to be done and dusted but his white-ball form saw him make his comeback for the Australia tour, where he was the preferred choice but had to miss the fourth Test due to personal reasons.
When India play two-match series against West Indies, Rohit was benched which led to him being promoted as an opener.
Rohit is all set to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal in the third and the final Test of the series against South Africa which starts tomorrow in Ranchi.