new Delhi: India’s strategy of landing 5 bowlers in the Melbourne Test was effective, but Ajinkya Rahane’s team will face the dilemma of selection in the next Test in Sydney, especially after the return of Rohit Sharma. Difficult decision will have to be taken on the beginning.
Rohit Sharma was quite successful as an opener in the home series last year against South Africa, but his lack of practice and playing in the top order in the current situation seems doubtful.
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Head coach Ravi Shastri said after the win in Melbourne, ‘We will talk to him and see what is the physical situation as he has been in Quarantine for 2 weeks. It also has to be seen how he is feeling.
Rohit has reached Melbourne on Wednesday. Shubman Gill impressed in his first Test, so one of Mayank Agarwal or Hanuma Vihari will have to be out on Rohit’s return.
Mayank is consistently in poor form in this series and can reach double digits once. He did not appear to be as strong a batsman as he was on the 2018 tour. By the way, the decision to exclude them will be quite difficult.
Earlier this year, the test against New Zealand as an opener Rohit Sharma would have been a real test but he was injured.
He is also recovering from injury this time and the last match he played in the IPL final on 10 November. The challenge of batting in Australia will be very tough because they start the innings.
Former head of the selection committee MSK Prasad believes that the removal of Mayank or Vihari will be the only option on Rohit’s return. He said, ‘One of Mayank or Vihari will have to go out. Mayank is difficult to dismiss because he has scored a century and a double century in the last 18 months.
Prasad said, ‘Whether Rohit will start the innings after a long break or not will also have to be seen. Maybe he wants to get in the middle order. Former chief selector of India Dilip Vengsarkar said that Rohit and KL Rahul can be fielded by excluding both Vihari and Mayank.
He said, ‘Shubman Gill has influenced a lot. He has both skill and consistency. I would like to replace Rahul with KL Rahul and Rohit instead of Vihari (Hanuma Vihari).
He said, ‘I would like to see Rohit at number four or five. Rahul is in rhythm and has been in Australia for quite some time. Mayank is a good player but is still struggling with lack of confidence. Rahane is also in rhythm and the Indian team looks strong.