I am Open to Bat up the Order in Tests – Rohit Sharma
Team India opener in the limited-overs format Rohit Sharma has stated he doesn’t mind taking a shot at the opening in Tests if the team management offers him the role in near future.
The current opening combination has been far from impressive. In the ongoing five-match Test series against England, none of the opening batters has been able to post a substantial score. It has not allowed the middle order batsmen to settle down.
Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan disappointed in the opening Test in Birmingham which India lost narrowly by 31 runs. In the 2nd Test at Lod’s, it was Vijay and KL Rahul who opened the innings.
Vijay bagged a pair while Rahul also failed to make a mark. Later, Rohit was asked whether he would like to open the innings in Tests?
In Tests, Rohit Sharma has scored 1479 runs at an average of a shade under 40. However, most of his centuries have come in home conditions. The right-handed batsman had been tested quite severely in the overseas conditions and had not been able to live up to his reputation.
Rohit Sharma says he has never been offered to open in Tests
“Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet, but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it,” Rohit told media persons at a promotional event.
The stylish India batsman is hopeful of a comeback in Tests. Rohit’s technique outside the subcontinent got criticized in the past as well. But he still hopes of a recall.
However, Sharma is well aware of the fact that getting selected in the Test team is not in his hands. He will have to wait for his opportunity.
“I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands. I have to wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, I have to be ready for it. To be ready, I am doing everything, training, doing as much as possible to give myself the best chance when the opportunity comes there,” he added.
Rohit Sharma comes in support of under-fire India
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also came in support of the under-fire Indian team who is staring down at yet another series defeat in the overseas conditions.
“Yes of course, we have to believe that we can do it. It’s not going to be that easy. We have done it in South Africa we lost the first two Test matches, and then we bounced back in Johannesburg and won that Test match,” Rohit said.
“I think we can do it; it’s not that we can’t, and we won the Test match. We have won Test matches in England before, we just need to get in that mindset, how we won the Test matches in England on previous tours and we have to play like that,” said Rohit.
“There are still three Test matches to go, and I think it can turn around if we have the belief that we can do it,” he noted.