Ajinkya Rahane confident Rohit Sharma will succeed as a Test opener
India’s vice-Test captain Ajinkya Rahane finds it” difficult ” to see Rohit Sharma sitting as he tries to revive his career in the traditional format in the role of an opener. Ajinkya Rahane returned to be in form during the series in the West Indies and along with Hanuma Vihari, has cemented the two slots available in the top-down order, which led the team management to try Rohit Sharma as an opener in the upcoming Tests in South Africa.
Rahane was asked to give his opinion on Rohit’s new role, and the ever-non-controversial right-handed did not give a direct answer.
“Do you want an answer? I still don’t know if Rohit will open the tickets. If he does, I’ll be happy for him. I also said in the West Indies that it is difficult to see a special talent like Rohit sitting down, “Rahane said during a” Meet and Greet “event organized by his employers, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
Rohit Sharma has 300 in 27 Tests and an average shade of less than 40. Many believe Rohit’s bold game has caused his fall, but Ajinkya Rahane thinks otherwise.
“He (Rohit) has worked very hard and, if he has the chance, I’m sure he will do well,” Rahane said. “We all know the quality he has: special talent. Test cricket has to do with mentality and ODI cricket, and it can go out and back. In Test cricket, sometimes if two bowling players are casting good spells, you must respect that and come out strong and play your game after that, ” Rahane said.
After playing an ODI for the last time 18 months ago, Rahane wants to have another chance in the format of over 50.
“In addition to the tests, I also enjoy playing ODI cricket very much. I want to go back to the ODI. Right now, the focus is completely on this series. After the Australia series, there was a long break. When I knew that this was not part of the team of the World Cup, my plan was to play county cricket and, fortunately, the people of Hampshire called me and asked me about the cricket of the county. Time in Hampshire was well spent, ” Rahane reported.
Rahane noted that India must respect the likes of fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and spinner Keshav Maharaj when facing South Africa.
“(Kagiso) Rabada is a quality bowling player and a wicket carrier. No matter what the field. We have to respect him and the other players. They have a relatively young team, but their bowling attack: fast bowling players and spinners have experience. Keshav Maharaj has played county cricket and did well in red-ball cricket. You have to respect them, ” Rahane signed.