Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar made a bold claim ahead of the Test series against South Africa. He said that the upcoming two-Test series will be an opportunity for skipper Rohit Sharma to make up for the ICC World Cup 2023 final loss.
India will be taking on South Africa in the two-match Test series, starting 26th December. They haven’t won a series on South African soil and it’ll be a great opportunity for them to create history, especially with the talent they have in the team.
After the World Cup, it’ll be one of the biggest challenges for skipper Rohit Sharma. India were extremely dominant in the tournament but they faced a disappointing loss in the final, that shattered the dreams of many fans.
However, a series win in South Africa can bring a sense of joy among Indian fans as the team is yet to register a win in Tests there. India this around have a strong team. There’s a combination of youth and experience and all the eyes will be on skipper Rohit Sharma.
This will be for the first time, that Rohit Sharma will be opening the innings in South Africa in Tests. Apart from doing the job as an opener, he will have a massive responsibility to captain the team as well. He will have to be at the top in both things if India have to fancy their chances of winning.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were really at the peak of their powers in the last 6-8 months – Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar highlighted that Rohit Sharma will have to play a role as he will have to set the tone for the middle order. He said that the skipper will be key for India in the Test series. Speaking on Star Sports, he explained:
“Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were really at the peak of their powers in the last 6-8 months. Like Jacques Kallis said Rohit Sharma is going to be key for India in the Test series. Rohit Sharma will have a big role to play to set up the No. 3,4,5. Whatever happens, this is Rohit Sharma’s opportunity to make up for the World Cup final loss.”
Jacques Kallis, who was also present during the discussion, believes that Virat will play a major role in helping India in the Tests. He added that if Rohit Sharma’s men have to win the series, the senior batter will need to have a good series. He explained:
“I am sure he will want to have a big series here in South Africa. He has been in good form. I think he will play a major role in helping India. If they are to win here, he will have to have a good series.”
Virat Kohli has a great record in Tests in South Africa. In the 14 innings that he has played on Proteas soil, the batter had scored 719 runs at an average of 51.36. The batter also has scored two hundreds and three fifties as well.