McGrath heaped praise on Rohit Sharma and opined that the elegant right-hand batsman should’ve performed better in Test cricket than what his stats suggest.
Rohit Sharma has played 32 Tests for India in his injury-ravaged career with 2,141 runs at a pretty healthy average of 46.54. The record comprises of six centuries and ten half-centuries.
Rohit Sharma Will Be Keen To Make An Instant Impact: Glenn McGrath
McGrath added that Rohit will be determined to make an immediate impact on the series when he turns up in Sydney. Rohit was on Wednesday (January 6) confirmed as the replacement for out-of-form Mayank Agarwal and will be opening the innings in the third Test starting Thursday.
“Rohit Sharma, he’s just a class player. To have someone of that experience, skill and ability coming into the team should be a big lift. He will probably come in and someone like Agarwal or Vihari will go out depending on where Rohit bats. But he will be keen to make an instant impact.” McGrath said in a press conference.
“He (Rohit Sharma) hasn’t had too many matches for a while, so I will be keen to see how he goes. A player of his experience, I always thought he should do better at Test cricket than what his stats probably suggest. He will be a player Australians would be keen to get out quite early because he hasn’t had too many games recently,” he added.
Necessary Quarantine Forced Rohit To Miss the First Two Tests
Rohit missed the first two Tests of the ongoing series in Adelaide and Melbourne as he served a 14-day hard quarantine upon reaching Australia earlier in December.
The experienced cricketer hadn’t travelled with the Indian squad directly from IPL 2020 bio-bubble in UAE as he went for rehab at the NCA in Bangalore for his hamstring injury. Rohit sustained the injury playing for Mumbai Indians (MI) in October. He was rested from the limited-overs leg of the Australian summer as it coincided with his rehabilitation process.