As he took protect as an opener for the first time in Test cricket, Rohit Sharma answered the all-important query ‘whether he will be or he won’t be’ with a valiant half-century in the opening Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. It was also his eleventh fifty of his Test career.
Rohit Sharma has established himself as a profitable opener in the ODIs and for that reason ahead of the 1st Test, there was once pretty some brouhaha over Rohit’s new position in the longest structure of the game as this was once a imperative probability for the 32-year-old in order to resurrect his Test career.
Rohit was once out for a duck in the dress rehearsal for his Test opener role-in the Board President’s XI vs South Africa fit closing month. However, he played very cautiously in the actual Test as he stored his composure to see off the opening tempo assault duo of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander in their first spells.
Rohit Sharma had fallen prey to these two fast bowlers 3 times each in the Test cricket however in his debut day trip the right-hand batsman countered Philander’s swing by coming down the track. And that labored for him fairly well.
However, with early introduction of spin in the game, Rohit acquired settled at the crease and started out opening up his fingers valiantly as he hammered the first six of the day off Keshav Maharaj.
The white-ball cricket opener then hammered some other huge six in the 25th over of the first innings off Dane Piedt. Rohit received to the 50-run mark with a boundary as his top part simply went past the backward rectangular leg fielder.
Ahead of the first Test, India captain Virat Kohli had reiterated that Rohit Sharma will be given ample time to settle down in his new function at the pinnacle of the order.
For us and the management together, the communication befell a long while lower back (to play Rohit as an opener in Test). But we could not see a state of affairs the place that should appear in the match. But now we have a state of affairs the place the opportunity is there. So we thinking it’s the best time to go beforehand with it because we have spoken about it.
And in one-day cricket, it was the same. He performed in the center order, but then suddenly, opening dialog occurred and inside six to eight months, he was opening the innings. And you understand what occurred afterwards. So look, it is very exciting for him, for the total team, if he can do what he’s carried out in one-day cricket at the pinnacle and then obviously, it is a exceptional element for him and Indian cricket.