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Former Australian cricketer Mike Hussey believes that Rohit Sharma’s skill in white-ball cricket would help him to face the challenges in the Test series against Australia later this year. Team India’s opener Rohit was last year promoted to the opening position in red-ball cricket. He played his first Test series as an opener against South Africa and went on to register his maiden double century in Test cricket.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma played as a middle-order batsman in Test cricket. He was given the opening position after KL Rahul failed to score runs. Many had questioned his position in the Test cricket. However, the ‘Hitman’ showed his masterpiece with the bat and scored consecutive centuries in the series against the Proteas and silent all the talks. But several cricket pundits believe that Rohit’s real test in the most extended format as an opener will be in foreign conditions.
Mike Hussey does not doubt Rohit Sharma’s skill:
Commenting on the same, the veteran Mike Hussey has claimed that Rohit Sharma will adapt in Australian conditions when India will tour Australia to play four-match Test series. He believes that Rohit has the ability and skills to handle the situation in foreign conditions.
“It’s going to test any batsman in the world, but I think because he’s (Rohit) played a lot of One-day cricket batting at the top of the order, and now he’s been having some success with the red ball game as well, that’ll give him confidence coming in,” Hussey said.
“I have no doubt in my mind that he’s got the ability and the skill and the temperament, to be able to handle it.”
However, he acknowledges that Australian conditions are challenging for every batsman and Rohit Sharma’s adaptability to such conditions will play a key role.
“I think he would adapt. No, worries at all of his batting at the top of the order. It will be challenging in Australian conditions against the top quality bowling attack with pace and bounce,” Hussey said.
India will tour in December:
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, India will visit Australia to play the famous Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 in December this year. The series will start on December 3 at Gabba, Brisbane. It would be a challenging series for Virat Kohli-led side as they last played a series in March. Since then, they have been out of action and training sessions have also been scrapped.