Rohit Sharma too good a player to be left out, says Vikram Rathour
India’s new batting coach, Vikram Rahtour, feels that Rohit Sharma is “too good a player” not to be playing in all three formats and backed him up to get him right as a test starter in all conditions.
Rohit is one of the great white ball cricketers but has had a start-stop test run. He has been given another chance in the five-day format, this time as a starter in the next series against South Africa.
“He’s too good a player not to be playing in any game. That’s what everyone’s thinking. He’s done so well in white-ball cricket as a starter, so there’s no reason why he can’t succeed as a test opener as long as he has enough chances,” Rathour said before the second T20 against South Africa on Monday and added that , “If it comes in handy, it will be a great asset for the team”.
Rohit will have the opportunity to open the Trials at home, but Rathour said the stylish hitter also succeeds abroad. “At the moment, I’m not quite sure what the eleven will be for the first Test, but if Rohit does it well and he’s opening it, why not,” he said, when asked about the possibility of him opening on tours abroad.
The 32-year-old has scored more than 10,000 runs in limited-overs cricket but has managed to play only 27 Test matches, averaging 39.62, much lower than his ODI average of 48.52.