Rohit Sharma made a blistering start to his Test career by scoring two centuries against West Indies in his debut series at home which was also marked as the farewell series for Sachin Tendulkar. The first Test match began in Eden gardens, Kolkata where India got to a disastrous start by losing five early wickets. Rohit Sharma came to the rescue by scoring a massive 177 and put on a huge partnership with Ashwin to keep India in a commanding position.
Rohit continued his good start by scoring another tremendous century at his home ground in wankhade, Mumbai and with that he became only the second Indian cricketer to score centuries in first two tests after Sourav ganguly. With two back to back good performances he earned the man of the series award. India went on to win the series 2-0 which was a fairy tale finish for the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar. Many thought Rohit could fill in the boots of the past legends in the Test arena after the rock solid start he had to his Test carrer.
However, the real test came when India toured overseas. During the two match overseas tour of South Africa Rohit failed miserably where other players like Vijay and Rahane made merry by establishing themselves and countered the conditions of the world’s best bowling attack. In the next tour of New Zealand Rohit managed to score 122 runs in 2 Test matches with a highest score of 72 at an average of 40.66. But the team sticked with Rohit knowing that he has a huge potential and talent.
During the 5 Test match series in England, India made a solid start by drawing the first Test match and then went on to win the 2nd Test match at Lord’s. After getting the 1-0 lead in the series India slipped their way down and lost the remaining 3 Test matches as most of the batsmen failed to make runs. Rohit played only one Test in that series but he failed to make that count with just scoring 34 runs in two innings averaging just 17.
Tour of Australia wasn’t a successful one either with Rohit scoring only one half century in the 3 matches he played averaging 28.83. Rohit’s home average is quite staggering in the two matches he played. Rohit averages 288.00 at home and 24.93 away proving that Rohit couldn’t able to adapt to overseas conditions with series of failures. Rohit’s technique of poking outside the off stump on regular basis in away conditions could be one of the reason for his continuous failure in the Test arena. Lack of patience is the another reason which could be his downfall in the matches he played in overseas.
Rohit again failed in the ongoing one off Test match against Bangladesh with just scoring 6 runs. Many speculations were made that Pujara might make the playing eleven but to the surprise of everyone Kohli persisted with Rohit. Pujara after coming back from a successful county season has not made the playing eleven which doesn’t seem to be a good move.
Rohit proved himself in the one day format across the world and has become successful odi player for India in the past 2 years but he hasn’t been a successful Test product for India. Will Kohli persist with Rohit in the future after series of failures or does Pujara will make a comeback ? A lots to look forward for the future of Indian Test cricket.