Team India’s limited overs hero Rohit Sharma‘s inclusion in the squad for three match Test series against New Zealand has raised a few eyebrows.
Rohit has repeatedly failed to perform in Test cricket. Hence several cricket fans have been left puzzled as to why the selectors and Virat Kohli offered the stylish right-hander yet another chance to impress.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, however, feels that Rohit has been given enough chances now. He said, “Rohit’s talent hasn’t materialised well in Tests, especially overseas in seaming conditions than in the shorter format. I think he has got enough of a long rope. The selectors will not find out anything new about him in the 13 tests at home. He will continue to be with this team though.”
Dada also opened his views on why Cheteshwar Pujara is the best bet at number 3 for India. Backing the Saurashtra batsman, he said, “If you ask me about who should get picked ahead, any day Pujara because I think he is a better batsman in Tests. His record in India also is very good. He played a great knock vs Lanka as well on a difficult track when he was asked to open and scored a ton. He was left out in Jamaica, where everyone said he was a bit slow. But I was completely surprised by that decision. You need a number three like that, like Rahul Dravid.”
He was also pretty sure that in the upcoming series against New Zealand, it should be KL Rahul opening with Murali Vijay. He said, “With eyes closed, it’s Vijay and Rahul for the opening slot. Look at their performance overseas. For Vijay, in Australia and England. In West Indies he got injured and then never got picked again. By far, he has been India’s best opener over the last two years. Before the Windies tour we had the same discussion on Rahul and now he has become one of the premier Indian batsmen. So these two should open. Pujara at 3, Virat Kohli at 4, Rahane at 5.”