Rohit Sharma got the place in the Test team as an opener in the series against South Africa at home in late 2019. Before that series, he played as a middle-order batsman in the red-ball cricket. Cricket boffins had a lot of debate for placing him in the opener’s position but the hitman proved all of them wrong. He went on to score a double century and two hundred against the Proteas in three-match Test series.
But Gautam Gambhir believes Rohit has yet to pass a test for proving himself as the Test opener. He opines that the real challenge for Rohit will be in overseas series.
Notably, India’s white-ball vice-captain is likely to play away Test series against Australia later this year in December amid the ongoing coronavirus.
Gautam Gambhir hopes Rohit Sharma enjoy success like Virender Sehwag:
Gautam Gambhir admits that Rohit Sharma is the best white-ball Indian cricketer, better than the former opener Virender Sehwag. He wishes Rohit could equal the levels of his Test performance with Sehwag in the extended format as well.
“The real challenge for Rohit Sharma will be when he tours South Africa and New Zealand. He probably the best white-ball cricketer better than Virender Sehwag but Test cricket is a different ball game. I hope Rohit Sharma could be as successful as Virender Sehwag, who holds two triple century records,” Gautam Gambhir said in the recent interview with ESPNCricinfo.
Rohit will be in action in Australia tour:
Rohit Sharma has, so far, played 32 Tests and amassed 2141 runs, scoring six centuries and ten half-centuries. In white-ball cricket, he has scored 9115 runs in 224 ODIs and 2773 runs in 108 T20Is.
Meanwhile, Rohit has been enjoying the break with his family at Mumbai. As per reports, Team India, including him, will train in Motera Stadium, which has advanced facilities, in Ahemdabad ahead of the Australia tour.
Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper will also be seen in action in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 scheduled in September-November in UAE behind the closed doors.