Nasser Hussain, former England captain-turned commentator, has backed the outrageously talented batsman Rohit Sharma to come good in Australia in his role as a Test match opener, provided he bata through the first 30 minutes of his innings
India will tour Australia for a four-match Test series later this year and the onus will be on Rohit to give good starts at the top of the order.
Rohit, who made a sensational start to his stint as a Test match opener last year, missed out on the two-match series in New Zealand earlier this year due to calf injury and the upcoming tour of Australia will be his first real test as a Test match opener.
“If Rohit Sharma is not a Test match opener, I’ve been watching a different game… If you go and ask fellow cricketers who your favorite players, a lot of them will say, Rohit Sharma,” Nasser Hussain said during a chat show on Sony Ten’s ‘Pit Stop’.
“Fellow cricketers watch Rohit Sharma and say this bloke seems to have so much time to bat.” he added.
Nasser Hussain has a word of caution for Rohit Sharma
Hussain, however, had a word of caution for Rohit Sharma. The former England captain reckoned that Rohit needs to cautious at the start of his innings and give the first 30 minutes to the bowlers
“Test match cricket at the top of the order is about having time, it’s about having a technique as well. You have to cover your off stump like Virat did in England against Anderson, the way he left him outside after all his problems of the previous tour, that is a Test match cricketer,” Nasser Hussain reckoned.
“And that’s the only thing Rohit has to do when he goes away from home and when is moving around. He has to just spend half an hour and say to the bowler you can have this half hour I’m going to leave you, I’m going to take the slip cordon out of play,” Nasser Hussain added.