Rohit Sharma scored his second ball duck during a practice match against the Proteas
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir commented about Rohit Sharma being the Test opener for the home series against South Africa. He is not bothered by Rohit’s failure in the practice match against the Proteas. Rohit was dismissed with a second-ball duck in the match.
Despite Rohit’s failure, Gambhir is positive with him and with the opportunity given to him. ‘It is a fantastic opportunity for Rohit Sharma to announce himself as a Test opening batsman. I am not looking too deep into his two-ball duck in the practice game’, he said.
Gambhir expressed his opinion about team management and Rohit being placed in other positions. ‘Besides, it will be disastrous to shuffle around Rohit if he doesn’t succeed in this series. We should remember that he is a makeshift opening batsman. His success as an opening batsman in white-ball cricket can’t guarantee equally good returns in Test matches’, he said.
‘Trust me, Rohit will have nerves but the Indian team’s dressing room will have to ensure that these nerves don’t get converted into self-doubt. I can tell you from experience that it is a terrible space to be in’, he added.
Rohit Sharma is named as the team’s Test opener after the board of selector considered him in that spot. He replaced KL Rahul in the line-up due to poor batting in Test matches of the West Indies tour.
The Test series between the Men in Blue and the Proteas will commence today in Vishakhapatnam. India (-714.29) has the best odds to win against South Africa (+520). Check out the latest cricket odds on Betwala.
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