Rohit Sharma Has The Attitude And Experience To Be Successful In Overseas Conditions – Anil Kumble
Team India opener Rohit Sharma has had a terrific return to the Test team with twin centuries against South Africa in the first Test in Visakhapatnam. The host banked on Rohit and excellent efforts from the bowlers to go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series. Former skipper and head coach Anil Kumble hailed Rohit for grabbing the opportunity and said he can provide a long-term solution.
Coming into the playing XI as KL Rahul’s replacement, Rohit responded well, hitting twin centuries in his first Test as an opener. After playing a massive knock of 176 runs in the first innings, Rohit Sharma backed it up with another century in the second innings.
The management would breathe a sigh of relief after struggling to settle their opening combinations for quite some time now. They have tried eight opening pairs in the last year. Former cricketer Anil Kumble hailed Rohit Sharma for grabbing the opportunity with both hands.Anil Kumble. Credit: Twitter
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“I think so,” Kumble told cricketnext when asked about the prospect of Rohit as a long-term opener. “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,” he added.
While Rohit Sharma stood out as an opener, there are reservations on his technique against the moving ball in conditions favourable to pace bowling. In 12 Tests combined in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia – Rohit is yet to play a Test in England – he averages 25.36 in contrast to his home average of 44.95.
But Anil Kumble said that there is nothing to worry so much about it and Rohit has the attitude and experience to overcome those loopholes in overseas conditions.Rohit Sharma. (Credit: BCCI Twitter)
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“I think we’ll only know once we get there. There’s no need to worry too much about those conditions at this point in time,” Kumble said. “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. So, if you have that kind of an attitude, invariably you’ll succeed, irrespective of whether you have the technique or not,” he concluded.