Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes Rohit Sharma is the world’s most dangerous batsman. The right-hander was on fire in the first Test match against South Africa as he batted at the top of his game. Rohit scored a fine knock of 176 runs in the first innings and backed it with another 127 in the second dig.
Consequently, he became the first player to score twin centuries on his opening debut. Rohit was backed by the team management to open the innings and he was able to grab his chance with both hands.
Rohit was on song in the first Test.
On the other hand, the flamboyant batsman could not continue his sublime form going as he was dismissed for 14 runs in the first innings of the second Test at Pune. Rohit was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada as the right-hander got an outside edge to Quinton de Kock.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was awarded the Man of the match for his two centuries. However, Gautam Gambhir said that whosoever suggested Rohit Sharma to play his natural game was the Man of the match for him.
“I have no apprehensions in declaring him as the most dangerous and the best batsman in the world today. Like Virender Sehwag, Rohit too can set up and chase Test wins for India. Just handle him with care and lots of love,” Gambhir wrote in his column for Times of India on Thursday.
“Whoever advised Rohit Sharma to play his natural game in Test matches was my man of the match. It is easy to get Rohit to get into a defensive mode just because it is Test cricket. But I am glad Rohit didn’t follow stereotypes and instead brought out the game that he knows best.”
On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin made a roaring comeback as he scalped seven wickets in the first innings at Visakhapatnam. Ashwin also became the joint-fastest to 350 wickets in 66 Test matches with Muttiah Muralitharan. Meanwhile, Wriddhiman Saha was backed by the team management in the playing XI.
Ashwin made a roaring comeback.
“I was pleased for both Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin,” Gambhir said. “Both are making a comeback of sorts. Yes, the scoreboard shows 14 byes against Saha, but I thought he was very good with his wicket-keeping to spinners. He is a quiet man but I can tell you he has a lot of cricketing intellect about him.”
India would look to continue their domination against South Africa in the ongoing second Test match at Pune. The hosts’ captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. India is 77-1 at Lunch on opening day.