Should Rohit Sharma be Replaced as an opener?

ankush / 22 February 2018

Rohit Sharma has registered only 269 runs so far in this tour across all the formats.

The swashbuckling opener from Mumbai, Rohit Sharma is a name to reckon with in the limited-overs cricket. However, he has lacked consistency over the years. But the team management has backed his ability and has given him a long run of opportunities.

Further, Rohit has won India games single-handedly on many occasions. Over the years, he has formed a significant opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan in the limited overs cricket.

With the men in blue displaying a brilliant brand of cricket, nothing much was discussed about Rohit’s dip in form. After trailing 2-0 in Test series, India came back to make it 2-1. Following that, they scripted history by winning the first bilateral series in the Rainbow Nation.

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Further, they also took a lead in the T20I series but South Africa crawled back to level the series beating India by six wickets in the 2nd fixture.

However, with so much success besides his name, the question of consistency looms ahead of him.

Rohit’s performance in the series:

Rohit Sharma has registered only 269 runs including one century so far in this tour across all the formats. So far he has played all the limited-over games, however, was dropped only from the third Test following India’s debacle in the first two Test.

Sharma was given a nod ahead of Ajinkya Rahane in the Test line-up based on his previous performance. However, he failed terribly to tackle swing and bounce on challenging wickets. Sharma scored 78 runs in four innings at an average of 19.5, which is below par for a batsman of Sharma’s stature. As a result of India’s struggling middle-order India lost the first two Tests to lose the series as well.

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Rohit Sharma’s fortune with the bat remained same even with the change in formats. With colored jersey on, Rohit failed to produce his magic with the bat. The classical opener failed to impress in the first four games; however, India was much hurt as they went 3-1 up in the series.

Meanwhile, he came back strong in the fifth game to score his only hundred in the tour, however, since then it was again the same story. Sharma showed some glances of form with his outstanding knock, but his hate relationship with overseas wickets continued.

Also, he failed in the first two games of the T20I series scoring only 21 runs so far. However, hopefully, he will find his form back right from the third game.

Should he be dropped?

Rohit Sharma’s failure with the bat has raised many speculations over his place in the first XI. Further, many have gone one step further to urge the selectors to drop him from the squad. However, the team management has rightly backed the 30-year-old opener.

The eye-pleasing all-rounder has won India many matches on his own ability scoring daddy hundreds. Meanwhile, he is the only cricketer in the world cricket to score three double hundreds in ODI cricket.

Even many former cricketers are of the opinion that, Rohit on his day is even better than Virat Kohli. Rohit is elegant to watch as he times that ball so perfectly. Although he is a little inconsistent, India needs to find a proper opener of Rohit’s caliber before dropping him.

Currently, there are few names lurking around the opening spot but nobody has shown the class that of Rohit Sharma. One of the main contenders for the spot is KL Rahul, who opens for India in Test cricket. However, he has failed to replicate his form in this format to replace  Rohit Sharma.

Meanwhile, it will be too early to drop Rohit Sharma considering his part brilliance for the Indian team. But, India should look at some of the probable contenders eligible to replace Sharma in red-ball cricket.

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