With Rohit Sharma hitting the stride and slowly becoming one of the most reliable openers even in Test cricket, former Indian keeper-batsman Deep DasGupta sees him thriving in England too. India will visit England for a return Test series later this year, set to partake in five Tests. Deep Dasgupta underlined that while the conditions would be challenging, Rohit Sharma is currently in a great ‘mind space’ to handle it.
Rohit Sharma was India’s best batsman in the recent home Test series against England, scoring 345 runs in seven innings at 57.50. The elegant right-handed batsman’s 161 in the first innings of the second Test was one of the crucial knocks in the rubber and with it coming on a challenging track, it became all the more vital. India hammered England to win the four-match Test series by 3-1.
Deep DasGupta sees no reason why Rohit Sharma cannot excel in England despite not having a superior record outside home. The former keeper-batsman agrees that conditions would be alien and challenging against James Anderson and Stuart Broad; Rohit possesses the experience and talent to succeed. Gupta stated that we often go by numbers; however, looking at Rohit’s mindset, he has it all to thrive over every challenge.
“Why not? I do understand his numbers and records are not that great outside India but he has it in him. Because conditions in England are more alien to Indian batsmen so obviously there will be challenges there. But Rohit with all the experience and talent he has, he should. I’ll back him to be successful that’s for sure. I know we go by numbers at times but I personally get a feeling that he’s in a very good mind space right now, he has all the experience in the world and also the talent. It just that, it needs to click,” Deep DasGupta told Sports Today.
The runs he scored here against England are worth in gold: Deep Dasgupta
The 43-year old further said that he performed well in Australia despite not converting the starts into big scores and hardly looked in trouble. He hopes that the lapses of concentrations would not occur as often in the future. Deep DasGupta also admired Rohit Sharma’s skill and technique in the challenging conditions in India against England in the recently-concluded Test series, terming his runs as worth gold.
“In Australia, he was looking good. I know he got those 30s and 40s [without converting] but you could see those 30s and 40s were classy. He was not in trouble. It was just one bad shot and one lapse of concentration and he lost his wicket. Hopefully, he will not make those mistakes again. Look, these conditions weren’t easy [as well] and the runs he scored here are worth in gold,” he added.