Harbhajan Singh, former Indian off-spinner, feels that India should continue to persist with the regular opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma in the upcoming Test series in Australia.
Rohit Sharma made his debut as a Test match opener against South Africa during the last home season after KL Rahul was dropped from the set-up following a string of consistent failures in the longest format of the game.
Sharma made the most of the opportunity as he became the first-ever opener to score hundreds in each innings of his debut Test as an opener against the Proteas before going on to smash a brilliant double-ton at Ranchi.
Rohit missed out from the Test series in New Zealand due to a hamstring injury, forcing India to open with Mayank and Prithvi Shaw. Now that he is slated to make a comeback to the Test team, Harbhajan Singh feels that ‘Hitman’ should slot-in at the top of the order besides adding that KL Rahul, who had gone on the last tour of Australia as the incumbent opener, can slot-in at the No.4 spot once Virat Kohli returns home after the opening Test match at the Adelaide Oval.
“I would not change the opening combination, Rohit Sharma should open in Australia and KL Rahul can fill that slot for Virat Kohli. Rahul is too good a player to bat at No. 3, 4, or even open. It will not make a huge difference if he bats at No. 3 or opens because he is a quality player,” Harbhajan Singh told on India Today’s show ‘Inspiration’.
Recently, Rohit Sharma gave an interview to PTI, where he said that he is happy to bat at any position that the team management wants him to.
“I will tell you the same thing that I have told everyone all this while. I will be happy to bat wherever the team wants me to but I don’t know if they would change my role as an opener,” Rohit Sharma told the PTI.
The first Test between India and Australia will be a day-night affair, which will take place at the Adelaide Oval from December 17.