After a fine time, the Indian National Cricket Team set to don the white jersey in International Cricket. They are all set to play West Indies in their first series, which falls under ICC Test Championship. Meanwhile, India faces a selection headache with Rohit Sharma in the squad, who is in a fine nick. Meanwhile, out of nowhere, Shoaib Akhtar asks the Indian management to include Rohit Sharma in the playing XI at any cost.
Rohit Sharma has always been a scintillating performer in the shorter version of the game. He wasn’t that successful in the Test format by looking at his stats and the patience levels, which he displayed whenever he was given chances. However, Shoaib Akhtar believes that Rohit Sharma has changed a lot to be succeeded in the 5-day game.
Both Vihari and Rohit come into the West Indies tour with form behind them. Rohit is fresh off a World Cup campaign in which he made a record five centuries, while Vihari toured the Caribbean with the India A team, scoring 55 and 118* in the second unofficial Test. Certainly, it brings a sweet headache to the selection department of the team.
Rohit Sharma is a big match-winner – Shoaib Akhtar
However, the legendary Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar firmly believes that it is unfair to not give a chance to the right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma, who proved his worth in the ICC World Cup 2019. Akhtar stated that Rohit Sharma will end up being the great Test player as well.
“I know Rohit has been given chances to play in the Test format earlier and he has not been able to grab on to the opportunity. But I believe he should be included in the team. He is a big match-winner, and not including him will be wrong. He is in good form and he should be given a chance right away,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his official Youtube channel.
“When you have selected him into the squad, leaving him out of the playing XI should not be an option. I believe he will showcase his talent in the longest format of the game, he will become a great player in the Test format as well,” he added.
Having played five batsmen, a keeper, an allrounder and four bowlers through most of their tours of South Africa and England in 2018, India switched to playing six specialist batsmen in the fifth and final Test in England, at The Oval. They stuck with six batsmen through the tour of Australia as well.