Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly suggested previously that Rohit should be the Test opener
Rohit Sharma is finally given a chance to be India’s opening batsman for the Test series. In the line-up released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), opener KL Rahul was omitted after failing to score a 50+ in the West Indies tour.
Chief selector MSK Prasad said earlier that the board wanted to give Rohit a chance to be the Test opener. It was previously suggested by former cricketers Sourav Ganguly and Adam Gilchrist that Rohit should lead in batting. Prasad said that he’s happy to give Rohit an opportunity for the Test series against the Proteas.
'Yes, we are definitely looking at him (as an opener), and we want to give him an opportunity’, Prasad said. 'He (himself) is keen, and all of us in the selection committee are keen (as well). We want to push him, and give him some opportunities up the order, and see where he stands, and then we will take a call’.
'He has been opening in white-ball cricket for more than a decade (since 2013). We feel he has the ability to bat up the order, we have seen that in white-ball cricket, and if he can do that in red-ball cricket, then nothing like it. We have a lot of practice matches coming up, which will be a boost to this side’.
Rohit Sharma was the vice-captain of the T20I and ODI squad during the West Indies tour. In the home series against South Africa, he will be the T20I vice-captain. The Twenty20 International series will begin on September 15 at Dharamshala. The odds for this match will be available soon. Check out the latest cricket odds at Betwala.
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