Indian openers have failed to fire in the ongoing England test series that has been an awful situation for India, who will be battling to keep the series alive in the third test. Murali Vijay, who was the highest run-getter in the 2014 series has been a big disappointment for the team management with just 26 runs in four innings. Shikhar Dhawan managed 39 runs in the first test match but was dropped from the second test to make way for KL Rahul to open with Murali Vijay in second test.
The change in opening combination for India didn’t had any impact on their fortunes as the new combo again failed to fire and Indian team management have all think to give the right selection call for the third test.
Rohit Sharma has been opening the innings for India since the 2013 Champions trophy and has been instrumental in India’s rise in limited overs format. He may be a tried and tested prospect but has lacked in test but since its the story of other openers, he might still be considered for an experiment.
What Rohit thinks about opening in test matches
“Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it,” he said at a promotional event.
Rohit last featured in whites at the South Africa test series in January where he could manage 78 runs in four innings.
“I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands. I have to wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, I have to be ready for it. To be ready, I am doing everything, training, doing as much as possible to give myself the best chance when the opportunity comes there,” he added.
The only problem with Rohit Sharma has been the moving balls. This has raised some questions over his technique but the Mumbai batsman knows how he can tackle the weaknesses.
Selectors may give him a chance for the last two tests against England.