India will try out Rohit Sharma at the Test level as an opener – after impressing in ODIs. He will be troubled by South African speed gun Kagiso Rabada and company with the new ball in the upcoming series, but before that examination, Rohit also needs to step up as the skipper for the Presidents XI.
Rohit Sharma has featured in 27 tests for India and scored 1,585 at an average of 39.these numbers aren’t too worse for the Indian white-ball vice-captain. But for his talent and potential, these numbers doesn’t do them justice. Rohit also scored 3 hundreds and 10 fifties in those 27 tests. In which 2 of the hundreds came in his first two test innings against the west indies. Sharma has scored all his test runs as a middle-order batsman batting at No.4, 5 and 6 rarely at 7.
Rohit’s first-class numbers are no way near to his test career. The Mumbai batsman scored 6,562 from 87 first-class matches at a whopping average of 54. Along with 20 hundreds and 30 fifties to his name with 309 not out is his best.
But the challenge for Rohit Sharma at top of the order is the moving red ball.he had played lot of white-ball cricket at the top of the order, but Rohit will open for the first time in his first-class career against South Africa for the BPXI as a skipper.this will be Rohit’s final opportunity in test match cricket.
If at all Rohit secedes the opening conundrum will come to an end. If not India will try not likes of Shubman Gill, Abhimanyu Eswaran, Priyank Panchal, even Prithvi Shaw will return from the ban.
South Africa will face Rohit Sharma’s Board President XI on Thursday before facing India in the first Test on October 2 at Vishakapatnam.