We will consider Rohit Sharma as Test opener: MSK Prasad
India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad who has been monitoring players’ progress of the Indian cricket team is concerned about KL Rahul’s poor form in Test cricket. He had also indicated that it might be time for Rohit Sharma to bat as an opener even in the longest format as well.
The veteran Rohit Sharma who is known for the knack of switching gears in his typical batting approach has scored 3 ODI double centuries and 4 T20I hundreds to his name but the disappointing part is that he is yet to cement his place in the red-ball format.
In fact, he was part of the Test squad for the 2-match series in the West Indies but did not get a chance to feature in either of the game.
Rohit Sharma was viewed as a middle-order option but Hanuma Vihari justified his selection right and ended up as the top run-getter in the series and thereby cementing the No.6, which leaves no option for Rohit to bat down the order as he would have to step up as an opener.
One can’t forget that in 2013, Rohit Sharma was promoted to lit up the innings for India in ODIs with Shikhar Dhawan and life has truly changed for the hitman.
India’s next assignment is against South Africa at home in a three-match T20I series, which will be followed by 3 Tests. The Test squad is yet to be announced and the big question is if Rohit Sharma will be tried as an opening batsman ahead of KL Rahul.
Earlier, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and former opener Gautam Gambhir have insisted that Rohit should be given a chance to bat as an opener, meaning KL Rahul would be excluded.
“As selection committee, we haven’t met after the conclusion of the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we all meet and discuss it,” MSK Prasad told India Today in an exclusive interview.
“KL (Rahul) is definitely a great talent. Of course, he is going through a bit tough time in Test cricket. We are definitely concerned about his form. He needs to spend more time on the wicket and regain his touch and form,” he added.