Currently, the Indian National Cricket Team is facing a tough time with the opening slot, as none of them settling at the top of the order in Tests. The poor form of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan left the slot open for the team. Meanwhile, the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly suggests India play Rohit Sharma as an opener.

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India, ranked number one in the Test rankings, will be returning to the longest format after good seven-and-a-half months and the focal point of the playing XI will be whether skipper Virat Kohli goes for an additional sixth batsman or an extra bowler for the opening Test starting on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma was in blistering form – Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly is largely credited for the rise of Virender Sehwag as a Test batsman, converting him into an opener in the tour of England in 2002. Now, he asked the current skipper Virat Kohli to try Rohit Sharma at the top of the order.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. Credits – Getty Images.

Rohit, 32, has cemented his place at the top of the batting order in the Twenty20 and 50-over formats and finished with the most number of runs in the World Cup in England recently. The only player in the world with three double hundreds in one-day internationals, Rohit bats in the middle order in the longest format but failed to deliver the goods.

“For India, the major decision is whether they want to play Rohit or Rahane. Rohit was in blistering form in the World Cup, but in Tests in South Africa and Australia, he was ‘on and off’. Rahane was not his usual self in Australia,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Shoaib Akhtar, Rohit Sharma

“My suggestion would be to let Rohit carry on his good form from the World Cup and settle in the opener’s slot while Rahane continues his good work of lending stability to the middle-order,” he stated.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Hanuma Vihari opened in the Melbourne Test against Australia last year while Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane as seen as Rohit’s competition for a middle-order berth. The two Tests in the Caribbean, which also marks the beginning of the World Test Championship for both sides, will present another opportunity for Rohit to try and cement his spot.

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