INDIA-WEST INDIES SERIES: WHY ROHIT SHARMA DESERVED A PLACE IN TEST MATCHES?

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Rohit Sharma in Test Matches

Rohit Sharma, often branded and celebrated as one of the best ODI batsmen currently, has been struggling to secure a place in the Indian test squad. After playing his debut test match in 2013, he failed to cement his position in the team. He was like a flickering bulb in team, coming-in and going-out, it was like kabhi ha kabhi na. He could not deliver what was expected from him, he was the first one to be dropped from the team whenever India lost a match/series. He played 27 test matches scoring 2,881 runs with an average of 39.62 which consists of three centuries and ten half-centuries. Whereas his ODI stint includes 27 centuries and three double centuries.

Rohit has been phenomenal in recent times and been showcasing a unique kind of formidable command as an opener. He was the highest run-scorer in World Cup 2019 with five centuries and a half-century. He pushed his average up to 48.51 and is on his way to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs. Besides his batting prowess, his contribution to Team India as vice-captain is well acknowledged by cricketing fraternity. After all, he was the one who led Mumbai Indians towards winning their fourth IPL Championship. His work, dedication and achievements in T20 & ODIs have raised curiosity over his position in test matches. Recent rumoured conflicts between Rohit and Kohli have added more fuel to the same. This debate might soon turn into a huge controversy as Kohli preferred KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari to Rohit Sharma in the first test match between India and West Indies.

Rohti Sharma and Virat Kohli

Fans began to argue on social media on behalf of Rohit and blamed Kohli for not giving him a chance in the team. They also compared the chances given to Rahul over the number of opportunities Rohit had received. Rahul’s average (35.48) also hints at the favor that he has been enjoying from Kohli. We  know that India is struggling to find a suitable opening partner for Dhawan in test matches. When Rahul struggled to open the innings during Australian tour, Kohli tried Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal for the top-order but did not show any interest to let Rohit open the innings. Now the big question is, why can’t Kohli try Rohit as an opener? We saw what Rohit is capable of as an opener in ODIs, then why not include him in the test squad?

Rohit was never allowed to play three consecutive tests abroad, whereas the other members enjoyed full support from the management even after a series of debacles. All he needs is a bit of trust and support from Kohli and team management to pull of wonders what he usually creates in ODIs. Will Kohli finally put an end to this talented cricketer’s mistreatment by giving him more opportunities or will it be the same ordeal as in the past? What do you think? Does Rohit deserve a place in test matches? Share your thoughts in our comments section!

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