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After trying different openers, Rohit Sharma was, finally, given the place as a Test opener in the series against South Africa last year. Before this series, he used to play as a middle-order batsman in the most extended format. He ended all the debates of him being a correct choice as a Test opener after scoring his maiden Test double century against Proteas. He also scored two centuries in the same series. However, Wasim Jaffer is still concerned about Rohit’s success as the opener in Tests. However, at the same time, he is hopeful.
Although Rohit scored more runs as a Test opener at home, many viewed that the real test for the right-hander will be at for at foreign lands. Wasim Jaffer has also agreed with the same view.
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The former Indian cricketer said that the scoring runs at home is easy than in other countries. He said that it is not important that Rohit would succeed in Test format, unlike in shorter formats. He added that the biggest challenge for Rohit is to survive in the first one hour in other countries.
“Rohit has a double hundred and twin centuries versus South Africa. It is not easy though it came at home. People often disregard the runs scored at home but you have to see he played against a very experienced South African bowling attack, comprising Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander in 2019. Yes, it is never a given that a big player of limited-overs will succeed in Tests as well. However, he has done well in whites for a smaller period,” Wasim Jaffer told Times Now.
“Don’t get me wrong. The only question that remains in people’s minds is how he will do in SENA countries. In my view, I feel the only challenge for him is to survive the first hour. That’s it!,” he added.
Rohit Sharma could not play the Test series against New Zealand because he surfaced with a calf injury during the T20I series. If he had been available, this would have been his first away series as an opener.