Maybe This Was His Last Chance To Have A Go In Tests, Says Harsha Bhogle As Rohit Sharma Finally Scores A Test Fifty
Rohit Sharma was under pressure when he came out to bat on day two of the ongoing third Test between India and Australia. Rohit is yet to cement his place in the Test side despite being one of the best limited-overs player in the world for quite some time now.
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, he recently earned a recall for the ongoing series in Australia. However, the right-hander failed to justify the faith shown in him, flopping in both the innings of the first Test before missing the second due to an injury.
Not surprisingly, there would have been a lot of pressure when he walked out to bat in the third Test. And the Mumbai star finally delivered in the whites, scoring an unbeaten 63 to help India post a mammoth 443 for 7.
And according to veteran Indian broadcaster Harsha Bhogle, Rohit might’ve saved his Test career with his latest knock. Rohit also rode his luck as he got a reprieve when he was batting on just 15 with Peter Siddle dropping a simple chance. He went on to score his first Test fifty of the year.
“All his life as a Test match player, Rohit Sharma’s been on the edge. It’s very different when he comes out to bat against the white ball where he’s a master and so confident,” Bhogle told foxsports.com.au.
“It’ll make him feel wonderful because he started to show a little bit of fluency towards the end of his innings,” he added.
Bhogle further said said a possible reason behind Rohit’s struggles in Tests is because of consistently being dropped from and picked in the side.
“He’s never really had that long run at No. 6,” Bhogle said.
“He’s been in and out. Then when he’s been in they’ve moved him to No. 3 – to be fair they thought he’d be best there – he’s also batted at No. 5, but he’s never really done enough to hold his place in the side.
“Maybe this was his last chance to have a go with so many young batsmen coming through the ranks, so it will do his chances no harm at all,” he added.
Meanwhile, Australia ended the day on 8 for no loss in reply to India’s huge first-innings total.