It has been a brilliant season for Rohit Sharma as far as limited-over format is concerned. However, it wasn’t the same for him in the longer version of the game, as he failed to utilise his chances in the longer version of the game. Meanwhile, Hanuma Vihari has cemented his place with his top-notch performances in England and Australia, thus giving a tough competition for Rohit Sharma in the playing XI. In between, the former skipper Virender Sehwag lets his opinion out on the selection.

With the two-match series against the West Indies, India will begin their campaign in the World Test Championship. Team India should start as favourites against the West Indies for the Antigua Test that begins on Thursday but there will be some curiosity over the playing XI that steps on the field at North Sound.

The question that Virat Kohli and the reappointed head coach Ravi Shastri have to answer is whether to go in with six batsmen or five along with a wicketkeeper. Six batsmen would mean, India will have to sacrifice one specialist bowler, which, in all likelihood, would be a spinner. Also, who would be that sixth batsman – Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari?

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. Credit: Google

Rohit Sharma can score those quick runs – Virender Sehwag

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are the certain starters in the top-order with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal likely to open the batting which leaves Rohit and Vihari fighting for the no.6 spot. Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag firmly believes that Rohit Sharma will be a valuable player down the order.

“India will have a look at the wicket and if it is good for batting, they (India) can pick five batsmen with a wicketkeeper and have five bowlers. It’s the World Test Championship, so winning is more important than to pay for a draw,” Sehwag was quoted as saying in an interview.

Virender Sehwag, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma
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“Who played at no. 6 in the last series? Four is Virat, five is Rahane and six could be Hanuma Vihari because he can bowl a few overs too. But if you ask me, I will pick Rohit Sharma because he has the ability to score big hits. If there comes a stage where you are closing in on declaration, he can score those quick runs,” he added.

Well, it would be interesting to see whether the Indian team management will pay attention to the statement made by Virender Sehwag or not. Mostly, Hanuma Vihari would get the nod as he was the part of the team down under.

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