Rohit’s consistent endeavour to squander chances hurting his Test career – It wasn’t a surprise to anyone when Rohit Sharma played sixth in the batting line up against New Zealand at Kanpur as hints were dropped since a while now.
The batsman who is a sensational player in T20s and One Day Internationals, struggled to perform decently during the third Test against West Indies in August. Rohit Sharma was expected to return back to form for this week’s New Zealand match.
Sharma has been consistently offered a long rope in the Test format to concrete his position but his equally consistent endeavour to throw away these opportunities will make things difficult for him in the future.
Chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil feels, Rohit is a fabulous player with immense talent but Rohit hasn’t got a longer run in Test cricket. To give him and other players like him a better chance, the board and coaches along with the captain have taken this decision he said.
India skipper Virat Kohli rested spinner Amit Mishra and accommodated Sharma in the team. Hence, in a first going in with four bowlers for the first time.
Rohit walked in to bat for India at a score of 185/4 alongside Ajinkya Rahane. The pitch was cracking and offering a bit of turn. Mark Craig weaved a delivery around Rahane which ended up dismissing him. At this point,Rohit was expected to provide the boost India needed. Moreover, no pressure for quick runs persisted.
After having scored 18 runs Rohit Sharma attempted a sweep shot. Mark Craig appealed for a LBW as the ball hit Rohit’s back leg. Unconvinced and rightly so the umpire ruled against the appeal as the ball pitched half outside the leg stump. This breather should’ve worked as a wake up call to any batsman and should’ve capitalised on the opportunity.
In the 83rd Over, before the new ball was to be taken left arm spinner Micheal Statner took the over.The pitch was turniing and hence the mid-off and mid-on had moved inside the circle. Rohit impatiently tried to play the turn. Sharma went for an inside-out stroke against Statner’s beautiful delivery and ended up handing a catch to Ish Sodhi at mid-on. This was the story of another missed opportunity by Sharma.
Rohit Sharma should take this chance to breathe life into his Test career. Currently he is definitely India’s best opening bet in ODIs and T20. But his sad Test average of 32 exposes his weakness in the longer format.