No Need To Worry About Rohit Sharma’s Foreign Test Record – Anil Kumble
India’s former captain and coach Anil Kumble believes there is no need to worry about Rohit Sharma’s overseas record as a Test batsman. Rohit Sharma was backed by the team management to open the innings against South Africa in the first Test match. The right-hander was able to grab his chance with both hands as he scored twin centuries. Rohit had scored a brilliant knock of 176 in the first innings and backed it with another 127 in the second dig.
Meanwhile, Rohit’s record in overseas conditions is not that great. The right-hander averages a paltry 25.36 while playing in foreign conditions. However, Rohit’s home average mushrooms to 44.95 and thus there are doubts over his overseas credentials.
Rohit was brilliant in the first Test.
For the time being, Rohit Sharma has done justice to his new role as a Test opener. Consequently, it makes sense to give him a longer rope even in the alien conditions.
“I think we’ll only know once we get there. There’s no need to worry too much about those (overseas) conditions at this point in time,” Kumble said while talking to CricketNext. “He has the experience to adjust. In my view, a lot of the technique and discussions about technique are overrated. You want in Test cricket, people with character, people who take up the challenge, who stand up to the occasion and not get flustered with what’s coming at them from the other end. So, if you have that kind of attitude, invariably you’ll succeed, irrespective of whether you have the technique or not”.
believes Rohit Sharma will end India’s opening woes. The right-hander was brilliant in the first Test match and if he can carry the same form going, he can be lethal. Kumble also added that Rohit hasn’t had the rub of the green on his side as his Test career has been hampered by injuries.
Rohit can end India’s opening woes.
“I think Rohit can be a long term opening option. When you asked me this prior to the series, I said until and unless you give him an opportunity, you won’t know. Now, he’s grabbed this opportunity with both hands. So, you have to give credit to Rohit. The way he’s batted, he’s matured since the time he made his Test debut”.
“Let’s not forget that his Test career so far has been interrupted with a lot of injuries, freak injuries and some injuries which have come at the wrong time. I remember when I was the coach, he did exceptionally well in the Test series and then against New Zealand, he picked up that injury on his thigh, and he was out for almost 5-6 months. That was big enough for Rohit to lose his place in the team, and when he eventually made his comeback, he was always in and out”.
Rohit Sharma can be deadly if he gets going in the Test matches. If the right-hander can survive the opening spell, he has the skills to turn the match on its head.
The second Test match between India and South Africa will take place at Pune from tomorrow.