It's time for Rohit Sharma to open batting in Test cricket, says Gautam Gambhir
Since his retirement from cricket, former Indian cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir has been vocal about the developments in Indian cricket. Gambhir is of the view that KL Rahul has been given enough chances as an opener in Test cricket and is time for the Indian team management to give that spot to Rohit Sharma. Gambhir stated that if Rohit is in the squad then the ‘Hitman’ has to be named in the playing XI while adding if he’s not fit for your side then there’s no point picking Rohit in the 15 or 16-man squad. The southpaw further said that Rohit is too good a player to warm the bench.
Rahul has been struggling against the new ball in red-ball cricket and the fans have been left frustrated by repeated failures of the stylish Indian batter. Even though Rohit has never opened for India in Test cricket, many experts are of the view that there’s no harm in trying Rohit has a Test opener albeit his struggle against the seaming ball.
"I think K.L. Rahul has been given a longer run. It is time for Rohit Sharma to open the batting in Test cricket," Gambhir told reporters during an event on Thursday.
"If you pick him in the squad, he has to be a part of the playing XI. If he does not fit your playing XI, no point in picking him in the squad of 15 or 16. He is too good a player to be sitting on the bench," he added.
The southpaw also stated that Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni should be credited for Virat Kohli’s success as the captain of India. Gambhir is of the view that captaincy credentials are noticed when a player is leading a franchise while pointing out at Kohli’s failure as a Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
There has been a lot of debates when it comes to rating Kohli as a skipper. While many say that he has been doing well due to Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps, others say Rohit Sharma has done a better job as the captain of India in whatever opportunities he has gotten to lead the Men in Blue. However, Kohli’s record as Team India captain
"Kohli was very good in the last World Cup but he has a long way to go. He captains so well in international cricket because he has got Rohit Sharma, he had M.S. Dhoni for a long time. Captaincy credentials are noticed when you are leading a franchise when you do not have other players supporting you," he added.
"I have been honest whenever I have spoken about this. See what Rohit Sharma has achieved for Mumbai Indians, see what Dhoni has achieved for Chennai Super Kings. If you compare that with RCB, the results are there for everyone to see", Gambhir added.