India could make Rohit open in Tests

India could make Rohit open in Tests
Rohit Sharma hits five centuries in the World Cup. (Reuters)

New Delhi - Former captain Sourav Ganguly also backed Rohit for the Test opener's role


Published: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 7:35 PM

Last updated: Tue 10 Sep 2019, 9:40 PM

MSK Prasad, chief selector of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has acknowledged that KL Rahul's form in the Tests is a cause of concern for the team and the board might ask Rohit Sharma to open the innings in the five-day format as well.
Rahul managed scores of 44, 38, 13 and 6 in two Tests against West Indies; he wasted opportunities to convert starts in the first Test in Antigua and didn't get starts in the next game in Jamaica. He hasn't managed a 50-plus score since his 149 against England at the Oval last year.
"As selection committee we haven't met after the conclusion of the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we all meet and discuss about it," Prasad told India Today.
"KL (Rahul) is definitely a great talent. Of course, he is going through a bit tough time in Test cricket. We are definitely concerned about his form. He needs to spend more time on the wicket and regain his touch and form," he added.
Earlier, former captain Sourav Ganguly also backed Rohit for the Test opener's role and said that the star batsman deserved an opportunity in the longest format of the game.
"I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold," Sourav Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India.
"After a fantastic World Cup, I believe he will be itching to grab the opportunity to open in Tests. With Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari settling in nicely, there is not much left to play around in the middle order."
Rohit, who had a great run in the World Cup, where he slammed five hundreds, was in the squad for the West Indies Tests but was not included in the playing XI.
India will now face South Africa in three T20Is and as many Tests at home beginning Sunday.

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