India vs South Africa: Ajinkya Rahane has his say on Rohit Sharma as a Test opener

India’s limited over vice-captain, Rohit Sharma has been really successful in white-ball cricket. But when it comes to Test cricket, Rohit has only scored three centuries in 27 Tests, with an average around 40.


Earlier this month, chief selector MSK Prasad hinted that Rohit Sharma would likely replace KL Rahul to open the innings in Tests.

Speaking at an event in Mumbai, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane told that he would be happy to see Rohit opening the innings in Tests. “I don’t know yet if Rohit will open the innings. If he does, then I’m really happy for him,” said Rahane.


After making a great comeback in West Indies, Indian middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane is gearing himself for the upcoming tournament against South Africa. Rahane was in full form during the Caribbean tour, scoring two fifties and a century.

Rahane mentioned that he was disappointed to see Rohit not in the playing XI during the West Indies tour.

“In West Indies also it’s actually hard to see a player like Rohit sitting outside. He works so hard; he’s been with the Test team for long now, so if he gets an opportunity I’ll be really happy for him, and I’m sure he will do well,” he added.

“We all know the quality and talent he has, and Test cricket is all about mindset. ODI cricket we all know you can just go out there and back yourself, in Test cricket sometimes if two bowlers are bowling good spells you’ve got to respect that spell and come out strongly and play your game after that,” told Rahane.

The first Test of the three-match series will begin on October 2 at Visakhapatnam.

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