With an opening partnership of 317 in the first innings of Vizag Test against South Africa, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal gave a ray of hope to India. For more than a year, India have been struggling to find suitable openers in the longest format and with their partnership, Mayank and Rohit hit the right notes in their first attempt.
India’s failure to find suitable openers has seen as many as three players lose their place in the Test side and a total of nine pairs opening the innings in past one year. Rohit and Mayank, who did well in the first Test, have a long way to go before it can be said that India have finally solved their opening conundrum in the longest format.
Let us have a look at India’s opening pairs in past one year and their performances (starting from the tour of England) –