Rohit Sharma’s Test career received a major fillip last year when he replaced KL Rahul as India’s second opener alongside Mayank Agarwal. Rohit cashed on it big time as he smashed consecutive hundreds in his maiden Test as an opener before going on to score a double-hundred in the final Test in Ranchi.
But Rohit’s Achilles heel has always been the overseas conditions in Test cricket. All his six hundred have come in Asia and the upcoming Australian tour will be a big litmus test for the white-ball legend, especially considering the fact that Team India will be without regular skipper Virat Kohli in the last three Tests.
Backing the five-time IPL-winning captain to the hilt, Harbhajan Singh said that if he can see off the new ball then he will score truckloads of runs in the four-match rubber.
”Rohit Sharma is a quality player. Expectations from him will be high, fans will be hoping he scores as many runs in Australia as he did in Test cricket as opener on home soil in the recent past,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.
“If he stays at the crease for the first 5 overs then dismissing him or even stopping him becomes very difficult because he is a very dangerous player. He cuts and pulls well, drives the ball well and even his backfoot play is also very good. Scoring runs in Australia shouldn’t be too difficult for a batsman like Rohit,” he added.
India can expect quick runs from Rohit Sharma’s bat- Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh even went as far as comparing the ‘Hitman’ with the legendary Virender Sehwag, claiming that Rohit Sharma has the ability to give India brisk starts just like Viru used to do back in the day.
“Facing the new ball will be important, if he plays it well then India can expect quick runs from Rohit’s bat, just like Virender Sehwag did for the team as opener. Rohit is a very important player for the team and I hope he gets fit in time for the first Test,” he said.
As far as Rohit Sharma’s Test record in Australia is concerned, the stylish batsman has scored 279 runs in 10 innings at an average of 31 with two half-centuries.