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Former India opener Virender Sehwag feels Rohit Sharma should be included in India’s playing eleven for the upcoming Test series against Australia.
Rohit’s contrasting performances in the limited-overs and Test cricket have left the entire cricketing world baffled. One of the finest cricketers of the white-ball, Rohit is surprisingly yet to cement his place in the Test team even after making his debut five years ago.
For a player of his calibre, the constant struggle in red-ball cricket can be embarrassing. His Test career started with a bang. Drafted in the team for the series against Windies in 2013 which will be always remembered as the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s testimonial series, Rohit managed to steal the thunder for a while. In his first two innings, he slammed two centuries, becoming only the fifth batsman to do so.
However, those two terrific knocks were not the precursor of how his Test career would unfold. Earlier this year, he lost his place in the Test side after the poor tour of South Africa.
But his recent strong show in limited-overs cricket helped him to earn a recall in the Test team for the upcoming series against Australia. And Virender Sehwag feels the right-handed batsman should ‘definitely be part of the playing eleven’.
“Definitely Rohit should be part of the playing XI. A player who has scored 3 double hundreds in ODIs shouldn’t be sitting out of Tests. I have been repeating this for a long time now,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by Indiatvnews.com.
Sehwag further said that KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw should open the innings despite senior Murali Vijay in the team.
“Prithvi and Rahul should open. Because the trend Down Under is that whoever is an attacking batsman makes a lot of runs and wins matches for the team,” Sehwag said.