Can Rohit be the next Sehwag in Indian Test cricket?
Time for some Tactical Changes
As far as Indian Test cricket is concerned, Is it really the time to try something new. Some new experiments, some new choices or some unorthodox decisions ? We all have witnessed how Rohit Sharma evolved as a limited overs batsman after he was promoted as opener in 2013. He has scored three double centuries in One Day Internationals including a record breaking 264 against Sri Lanka in 2017.
Rohit’s Career So Far
'Talent' was the word that was always associated with Rohit since we first saw him bat. But, the Mumbaikar wasn’t able to reflect the same in his performances. When he toured Australia in 2008, his lazy elegance was compared to one of the best in the business, Inzamam-ul-Haq
He showed great promise in that series against Australia. Post that series, he had a lean run in the international arena. A good performance was followed by a string of low scores. Earlier in his career, a typical Rohit’s innings would comprise of throwing his wicket away with a loose shot after getting set.
The Turning Point in Rohit’s Career
The then Indian skipper MS Dhoni came up with a smart move in 2013. He promoted Rohit as opener in an ODI against England in 2013. He was also handed the opener's role in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
The move by MS Dhoni was the turning point of Rohit’s career. He has now established himself as one of the best limited overs batsman of the current generation. On his day, he can be very dangerous which he has proven time and again.
Virat can do to Rohit what Dada did to Sehwag
If he can be such dangerous limited overs batsman, why not to try him in Tests? Everyone knows what Virender Sehwag did for India as an opener. Sehwag was as equally successful in Tests as he was in ODIs.
It was Sourav Ganguly who promoted Sehwag as opener, it was Dhoni who changed the career of Rohit in limited overs format. Perhaps, Virat should look to do the same. He should give opportunities to Rohit as an opener in Tests.
Rohit is a natural stroke maker who can knock the ball around as well as clear the field when required. Rather than making him play with tail enders in the lower middle order, it would be a boon for the team if he can provide that initial momentum at the start of the innings with his attacking strokeplay.
Of late, the Indian Test team have been dearly missing a swashbuckling opener in Tests. Rohit might be the answer to the same. He is someone who can easily take the game away from the opposition in a single session.