Former India batsman VVS Laxman believes opener Rohit Sharma will make a big hundred in the New Year’s Test against Australia if he gets his eye in.
Rohit will be hungry to perform after missing the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he served his quarantine. The appointed vice-captain arrived late in Australia because of the hamstring injury he sustained playing in the IPL 2020.
Rohit Sharma Will Probably Come In Place Of Mayank Agarwal: Laxman
Laxman feels Rohit’s availability will pose a massive selection headache for the Indian team but will also strengthen the tourists. He opined that the stylish right-hand batsman can take the place of struggling Mayank Agarwal.
“Definitely one of the batsmen has to miss out. Rohit Sharma will probably come in place of Mayank Agarwal because Rohit has been a regular opener since the South Africa series. He has a tremendous record now as an opening batsman but I think it is a good headache to have,” said Laxman on Star Sports‘ show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Rohit Sharma’s Return Will Boost The Indian Team Missing Virat Kohli: Laxman
Laxman reckons Rohit’s comeback will boost the Indian team. His greater experience will come into play since they are missing the services of their regular captain Virat Kohli. Kohli returned home after the first Test in Adelaide due to the impending birth of his first child.
“The Indian cricket team will be very pleased to have Rohit Sharma back especially when Virat is not there. You want more experience in that Indian dressing room. Now is the perfect opportunity first to go up 2-1 in Sydney and then win probably 3-1,” said Laxman.
Rohit’s Batting Is Suited To Australian Wickets: Laxman
Laxman also said Rohit will find the pitches for the next two Tests in Sydney and Brisbane much to his liking. The 33-year-old has never been shy of facing express pace and bounce in his career. People regard Rohit Sharma for his ability to hook and pull.
“Rohit Sharma himself will like to showcase his talent because I always feel his kind of batting is very very suited for the Australian wickets,” said Laxman.
“If he gets his eye in, if he sees off the new ball, I am sure a big hundred is on the cards as far as Rohit’s batting is concerned,” he added.
Rohit has played 32 Tests for India and scored 2,141 runs at an average of 46.54. After being held back with uncertainty around his batting position, the 33-year-old was promoted to open the innings in the 2019-20 home series versus South Africa and Bangladesh. In Australia, Rohit will be looking to nail down his spot at the top of the order.