Sri Lankan fans love cricket irrespective of which team the player is playing for or even if that batsman had smashed their bowlers to create history. Indian opener Rohit Sharma might have smashed the Lankan bowlers all around Eden Gardens to smash a record breaking 264 in 2014 but he is still loved and respected by the fans of the Island nation.
Rohit has returned to the Test squad but had to warm benches for the first two Tests. However, he is still having a good time in the Emerald Isles with his buddies off the field. He is quite a sensation among locals and some of his buddies had gathered in Colombo during the 1st Test to sing a song for him and also came up to meet him during practice.
It won’t be an easy task for Rohit to break into the playing XI but with the ability, he possesses as a batsman it might not be long that Rohit makes a comeback in the longer format. He was out of action since the Test series against New Zealand last year and finally made his comeback in the recently concluded Champions Trophy which India lost in the final by a huge margin to arch-rivals Pakistan.
The stylish right-hander looked in good touch all through the tournament and smashed a brilliant century during the Semi-final clash against Bangladesh. He has undoubtedly been India’s best bet in the limited overs format but when it comes to Tests he still needs to improve his consistency. With the 3 match series already won it remains to be seen whether Rohit gets a chance in the inconsequential fixture starting at Pallekele from tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the visitors thrashed the Islanders comprehensively in both the Tests and thoroughly outplayed them in all 3 departments of the game. The batting department has amassed more than 600 runs in both the Tests and have made the job for their bowlers a lot easier. Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a five wicket haul but his partner Ravindra Jadeja’s suspension from the final Test might pave way for Kuldeep Yadav for the final Test.