Sourav Ganguly Backs Rohit Sharma to Open in Test Matches
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly once again backs Rohit Sharma for the role of the Test opener and feels the batter deserved a shot in the game’s longest format.
Prior to the Indian and West Indies series, Ganguly had opined that Rohit should be tried for first place. However, they left him out for both games. Ganguly also said K.L. Rahul’s bad form can push team management to test Rohit as the starter with Mayank Agarwal.
Rohit had a great career at the recently concluded 2019 World Cup, where he hit five hundred.
“I had suggested before to try Rohit Sharma as a starter in test cricket and I still think he should be given a chance because he’s too good a player to leave him in the cold,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India.
“After a fantastic World Cup, I think you’ll be eager to seize the opportunity to open in the Trials. With Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari well-installed, there’s not much left to play in the middle order,” the former captain added.
Ganguly also felt that fixing the problem with the opening space is the need for the time for India in the longest format of the game.
“Openness remains an area to work with. Mayank Agarwal looks good but will need a few more opportunities. However, his companion KL Rahul has been flattered to deceive and that creates an opening at the top,” Ganguly opined.
Speaking about the poor West Indes sideshow led by Jason Holder in the series, where they were bleached 0-2, Ganguly said the hosts lacked application.
“As has been clearly evident in all forms of the contest, the West Indies have the talent, but in terms of application, they are a long way off. The way they manage to be resurrected from now on will define the future of West Indies cricket,” wrote the former left-handed batter.