Three Reasons Why India Should Include Rohit Sharma for Third South Africa Test

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 | 0


Rohit Sharma, a regular for India in limited overs formats, has been warming the bench at the ongoing home Test series against South Africa. Yes, a big omission had to be done in order to cope up with the problem of plenty. But the way series has progressed so far, it seems that he certainly deserves to be in the mix. Here’s why…

Extra Batting Option

With Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan possessing the openers’ slot, and the top-order comprising of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane unperturbed, Rohit – if roped in – will have to bat at No. 6 (with Wriddhiman Saha coming in next). The batting position should not hold him back, having played most of his 14 Tests from the similar slot. His inclusion will not only strengthen India’s batting, but will also help the side with some valuable runs towards the closing stages of batting order, given that he has an array of hard-hitting skills and doesn’t shy away from playing his shots.

Purple Patch

The fact that Rohit has been in fine flow with the willow further fortifies his probability of making through. After finishing as the highest-run scorer (128 runs) in a curtailed two-match T20I series against South Africa, he emerged as the home team’s best bet in the five-match ODI series as well, amassing an aggregate of 255 runs at an impressive average of 51. Yet, he was left out of the mix for the first two Tests, following which the Board allowed him to represent his domestic team Mumbai at the Ranji Trophy, where he lived up to the expectations by smashing a belligerent 113 against Uttar Pradesh.

Who’ll Make Way?

In all likelihood, all-rounder Stuart Binny could make way for Rohit. It’s not an obscure fact that Binny is yet to establish himself as a dependable batsman down the order in the international arena. Besides, the captains have not shown enough faith in him with the ball due to his lack of ability to strike once the ball gets older. He was called upon in place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra for the second Test, who is also improbable to get a place for the next match despite taking the prized wicket of AB de Villers’ in both innings of the first Test, as he had to face the axe for not being as accurate and lethal as fellow spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.


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