Former Indian captain Saurabh Ganguly has advocated Rohit Sharma, who has opened in ODIs and T20s, to open in Tests. He said that opener Rohit deserves this chance. KL Rahul was the target of critics because of poor performance. Even before the Test series with the West Indies started, Ganguly said that Rohit should try to start the innings.
He also said that because of the poor performance of Lokesh Rahul, the team management should start the innings with Rohit and Mayank Agarwal. Ganguly wrote in his article for ‘Times of India’, ‘I had earlier suggested trying Rohit as an opener in Test cricket. I still believe they should give him a chance because he is a very good player who cannot be left out. ‘
That’s why Rohit wants to open
Rohit, who started the innings for India in limited-overs, scored five centuries in this year’s World Cup. He said, ‘After a great World Cup, I believe he will have time to open in the Test. After the good performances of Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari, there is not much left to play in the middle order. ‘
Mayank be given time
Ganguly also said that the opening pair needs to be given time for India. The former captain further wrote, “The opener is a department where there is still a need to work.” Mayank Agarwal is looking good, but he still needs to be given more chances. His partner Rahul has made way for others. ‘
How was the performance of Rahul and Mayank
It is noteworthy that after a great performance in the World Cup; they believed it that Rohit Sharma will get a chance in the playing eleven in the Test series, but it did not happen. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal opened in both matches. While Rahul scored 101 runs in 4 innings at an average of 25.25, Mayank Agarwal scored just 80 runs at an average of 20.