Ever since he made his return to the Test team during the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Rohit Sharma has flattered to deceive.
He failed to convert his starts in Sydney and in the first innings of the Brisbane Test, post which he has endured three consecutive underwhelming knocks.
In the six innings that he has played since his return in Sydney, Rohit Sharma is averaging 24.5 with the bat.
And, following consecutive failures in Chennai, a lot of criticism has come his way with his detractors casting doubt about his credentials as a Test batsman.
“Rohit Sharma is an important member of our team. He made important contributions in Australia. You can’t judge a player over 4-6 innings. You need to have faith in the players. We’re really happy to have Rohit in the team,” Ajinkya Rahane said in a press conference, on Friday.
Besides Ajinkya Rahane, former Indian swashbuckling opener Kris Srikkanth has also come out in support of Rohit Sharma. In an interview with the Indian Express, Srikkant hailed Sharma as a class player and someone who once set is a delight to watch.
Srikkanth also urged the Mumbai cricketer to not tinker with his style and continue playing his natural game.
“Rohit is a class player. He should not tinker with his style and play his natural game. He is an experienced campaigner and knows his job. He (Rohit) knows how to pace his game. Once he gets set, it is a delight to watch as he is a natural stoke maker,” said Kris Srikkanth, as quoted by the New Indian Express.
The second Test between India and England will commence on February 13 and Rohit Sharma will be looking to shrug off his poor form and come up with a big score in what is a crucial encounter for Team India as far as their chances of making it to the ICC World Test Championship final is concerned.