Former English spinner, Monty Panesar has emphasized on Rohit Sharma’s Test career. Rohit Sharma is all set to join the Indian team from the 3rd Test in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Rohit sustained an injury during IPL 2020. The veteran batsman was not selected in any of the formats.
However, the BCCI constantly monitored Rohit Sharma as the batsman underwent his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. His rehab was going on at the NCA and the batsman did not fly with team India for the ODI and T20I series. After being declared fit by the NCA, he was allowed to fly to Australia.
Now the veteran Indian opener is in Australia, serving his quarantine. He is all set to join the Indian team for the third Test match and now, former English spinner, Monty Panesar has now opened up on Rohit’s Test career.
Monty Panesar Opens Up On Rohit Sharma’s Test Career
In an exclusive chat with CricketAddictor, Monty Panesar said, “Rohit Sharma is a type of player who would like to bat in the middle-order and that’s his ideal position. You have seen Shubman Gill, he has done really well. He opens the batting in Ranji Trophy and he also opens in the IPL. That seems like a very natural position for him.”
“Rohit Sharma is a better player when the ball doesn’t move. He doesn’t have the same discipline. When it comes to fitness or grinding out an innings like Virat Kohli does. If Rohit Sharma is serious about having a long Test career, he should look up to some of the players in his team like Virat Kohli. He works so hard, his discipline reflects on the intensity of cricket that he plays,” Monty Panesar added.
“Rohit Sharma got injured, halfway through the IPL. That is because his body load couldn’t take the games that were coming thick and fast. He should work on his fitness if he wants his Test career to last longer,” Panesar further stated.
Rohit Is Serving His Quarantine In Australia
Rohit Sharma is currently in Australia. He cleared his fitness test at the NCA in Bangalore. He then flew to Australia on December 15 and will serve a 14-day quarantine. The veteran batsman will then have ample time to participate in the third Test.
Although he has been one of India’s greatest batsmen in the last decade in limited-overs format, his Test career hasn’t reflected the same in the recent years. So far, he has played just 32 Test matches, wherein, he has scored 2141 runs at an average of 46.54. In the longest format of the game, Rohit has smashed a double hundred and six centuries so far.