BPs XI vs SA: Rohit dismissed for duck as an opener
- Rohit fell for a two-ball duck while batting at the top of the order for Board President's XI
- Rohit has been backed by experts, including former India captain Sourav Ganguly, to open for India in Test cricket as well
- A regular opening batsman for India in white-ball cricket, Rohit hit five centuries in the World Cup earlier this year
VIZIANAGARAM (Andhra Pradesh): Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck in his first match as a red-ball opener on Saturday. Sharma, who is the skipper of Board's President XI, was dismissed on day three of the practice match against South Africa.
Rohit was sent back to the pavilion by fast bowler Vernon Philander in the second over of Board President's XI innings. It's the only warm-up fixture ahead of the Test series between South Africa and India, beginning in Visakhapatnam on October 2.
On September 12, India had announced the squad for the three-match series and chief selector MSK Prasad had said that Sharma would be opening the batting.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir had vouched for Sharma to open the batting in Tests as well, saying that the batsman is too good a player to be sitting on the bench.
"If a player scores five hundreds in the World Cup, then he should be given a chance in the Test format. If he is in the Test team, then he must play. A player like should him not warm the bench," Gambhir had said.
Ahead of the series against South Africa, India got a major setback as pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out due to a minor stress fracture in his lower back.
Bumrah has been replaced by Umesh Yadav in the squad.