‘Drop Rohit Sharma from Boxing Day Test, Gamble with Suresh Raina’

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 | 0

Columnist: Vishal Gajaria

India have let off the hook in the first two Tests against Australia. From a position to pull off both the encounters, the visitors squandered the advantage on the vivacious conditions Down Under. One of the foremost reasons behind India’s successive defeats, has been a poor performance with the bat. That said, I feel Rohit Sharma should be axed for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

After going in with a 6+5 combination on their recent tour to England that ultimately backfired, India took an astute decision by opting for a 7+4 amalgamation this time around. Albeit this has partially worked for India, they are yet to capitalize on each and every player’s performance, which ultimately plays a pivotal role in pulling off triumphs.

Every Indian batsman has piled on runs some time or the other in the ongoing series so far. Be it Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, or Shikhar Dhawan. Besides, Cheteshwar Pujara has been ill-fated on occasions, while regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has got just one match to play. However, Rohit Sharma threw away his wickets without making any notable contribution on any of the four occasions.

Dropping someone like a Rohit Sharma sounds a bit creepy, doesn’t it? A batsman, who is the only one in the history of the sport to smash two double centuries in 50-over format, is being trapped by soft dismissals. However, as the former legends of the sport say: Test cricket is altogether a different ball game.

Trying to sweep each and every ball off off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the series opener showed his naïve approach towards the game in Adelaide. Moreover, his dismissal for a duck in the second Test in Brisbane, where India needed an edifying innings, further proved his lack of knack to handle nerves.


Suresh Raina, another limited-overs’ specialist, deserves to prove his competency in the Australian conditions. His caliber to embrace energetic spirits among the team could help the Indian players come out of a low-on-morale psychological mindset ahead of the third come across between the two teams.

Besides being a much experienced player than Rohit, Raina is also a southpaw. This could help in unsettling the hosts’ bowling unit, as the Indians have no other left-handed batsman except opener Shikhar Dhawan. So, playing Raina at no. 6 could be a beneficiary move. So, why not gamble with Raina in the playing XI.

Also, the Indian management should have no sort of hesitation in including medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Should he be fully fit for the clash, I would want to see him feature in place of misfiring Varun Aaron.

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