Former Indian Test specialist batsman VVS Laxman supports Rohit Sharma’s comeback in the Test cricket. Rohit has made his Test comeback after eleven months later through the ongoing first Test of four-match away Test series against the hosts Australia.
A day ahead of the ongoing first Test at Adelaide, the Indian team announced the XII-member team for the first Test. From the XII-member squad, the new-comer Hanuma Vihari has been dropped out for the Adelaide Test. He has been impressed in the recent days but the in-form Rohit Sharma has earned his place for the ongoing Test match.
Laxman feels it is the right decision. Despite Vihari has impressed in the recent days, Laxman feels that the experienced Sharma can’t be dropped from the playing XI, especially when he is in the brilliant form.
Laxman told ESPNcricinfo, “I think that’s the right call. When you pick someone like Rohit Sharma who is experienced …. and I understand that he hasn’t converted his talent into performances in Test cricket … and you have him in the squad, then you need to give him a chance. Hanuma Vihari got an opportunity and he did well in challenging conditions against good quality bowlers in England, but when you have someone as talented as Rohit Sharma it is important to make him play.”
The no.2 ranked ODI batsman Rohit Sharma has faced a lot of ups and downs in his Test career. Before the ongoing Adelaide Test, Sharma’s previous Test was against the hosts South Africa at Centurion in last January.
Laxman feels that the Australian conditions suit his game and this crucial away series can be a breakthrough for him.
The former Indian cricketer added, “I have a feeling that this can be a breakthrough series for Rohit. He’s game. The Australian conditions suit his game. He loves the ball coming onto the bat, he’s a good back-foot player and the kind of form he’s shown in white-ball cricket, I think he should play with the same mindset. The game plan he trusts so much in white-ball cricket, I hope he has the same for Test cricket and trusts it. Once he does that and plays his natural game at No 6, I think he can score runs quickly and play an important role in building partnerships with the tail-enders which is so important.”