The most unsettled issue that is revolving around Indian Test cricket is the no.3 slot. After the Indian great Rahul Dravid who maintained the position for over 16 years, India has been struggling to find a proper no.3 batsman. Cheteshwar Pujara, who seemed to be a proper replacement lost his place in the side after series of poor performances overseas. Pujara’s failure paved way for Rohit Sharma but he wasn’t successful either so far in his shot stint as a no.3 batsman.
Why Rohit Sharma should be given more chances at no.3?
Rohit Sharma had a blistering start to his Test career notching up consecutive tons against West Indies. However, in that Test series he was given a different role as a no.6 batsman. With familiar home conditions Rohit Sharma made the most out of it which guaranteed him a spot in the side. His woes started when India started to tour overseas. Post Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, Virat Kohli was promoted to no.4 and Rohit Sharma from no.6 to no.5. With the likes of Pujara, Vijay, Kohli and Rahane showing their full potential, Rohit Sharma was the sole batsman who failed to make runs during the tour of South Africa.
Later, during the tour of New Zealand Rohit Sharma showed promise with a solid 72. Rohit also played a crucial role in the second Test match which helped India to settle for draw against the hosts.
During the 2014 tour of England Rohit Sharma had a torrid time as he couldn’t cope up with the swinging conditions. His lazy approach in the crease saw him getting out terribly to part time spinners. But the management persisted with him as the Mumbai batsman has immense talent.
Similar story continued for Rohit Sharma even during the tour of Australia and the 28 year old never showed any sign of improvements. The consistent failure of Pujara on the other hand helped Rohit Sharma even more as he was promoted to no.3 in the fourth and final Test match at Sydney. He scored a decent fifty but still lacked the patience to carry on.
Throughout his Test career so far Rohit Sharma hasn’t been given proper batting positions as he was swapped in the batting order consistently. Yes he hasn’t performed to his fullest potential yet. But giving him a 10 or more matches on the trot at no.3 would help his course as he might get settled to the no.3 slot. With most of the Test matches in coming years played at home there are more chances of Rohit Sharma getting better at the no.3 position and restore the faith the Indian management has kept on him.
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