Sanjay Bangar thinks that Rohit Sharma can contribute more scores if he bats for the Test match against SA
Former cricketer Sanjay Bangar thinks that India can score big runs if Rohit Sharma will bat for the Test match. The assistant coach said that Sharma can achieve this if he ‘maintains his individuality’ in batting. India cricket team is considering Sharma and Mayank Agrawal to bat for the Test match against South Africa. Chief selector MSK Prasad picked Sharma instead of KL Rahul. During the Test match against West Indies, Rahul failed to score centuries.
Sharma is known to be a formidable batsman in shorter formats. The batsman has an impressive record of 3 double centuries in limited-overs and 4 hundred in T20I.
‘The key to his success will be if he maintains his individual style of play. He has to maintain his individuality. At the moment, there is no place in the settled middle order in the Test team. The opening will be a new challenge for him since he has rarely done it in the longer formats’, said Bangar.
‘But the advantage is that he will get to bat against a hardball with plenty of gaps in the field. He will also not have to wait for his turn to bat, which will save his mental energy’, he added.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly and former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist thinks that Sharma can achieve massive feats if he bats in Test format.
‘At home, Rohit can most definitely play as an opener. It might be more challenging when touring Australia, South Africa and England’, said Gilchrist.
‘I think Rohit deceives people. I mean, since he is a laidback (kind of) guy, people think he is not working hard enough. In reality, he is world-class’, added the former Australian cricketer.
‘I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold’, said Ganguly.
India and South Africa will play three sets of T20I for the first part of the tour.
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