Rohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South Africa

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Author 2019-09-28 13:55:00

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Rohit Sharma was out for a duck on Saturday (Reuters)

Rohit Sharma suffered the ill-fate of being dismissed for a duck in his last outing before the 1st Test vs South Africa starts on October 2. During the ongoing tour match of the visiting South Africans against the Indian Board President's XI being played at Vizianagaram, Rohit opened the BPXI innings with Mayank Agarwal after the tourists had declared their 1st innings on 279/6.

But Rohit lasted just 2 balls as in the 2nd over of the innings bowled by fast bowler Vernon Philander, the batsman was caught by Hienrich Klaasen without scoring. At the time of writing, BPXI were 13/1 in 3.4 overs with Abhimanyu Easwaran having joined Agarwal in the middle.

Earlier, Yuvraj Singh said Rohit Sharma should be given an extended run in Tests if India are considering to promote him to open the innings in the longest format of the game.

The selection committee has dropped KL Rahul for the upcoming 3-Test series against South Africa, starting October 2. Rohit Sharma has got the backing of the team management and the selectors and is all set to open in whites as well.

"If you ask me, Rohit Sharma should have opened in Tests from the beginning of his career. You play him one match and then drop him and say Rohit Sharma is not scoring runs in Test cricket. How can you expect someone to perform without giving him 10 Test?" Yuvraj Singh said.

"Now if you are making Rohit Sharma open in Tests, you should give him 6 Tests and tell him Rohit, you have got 10-12 innings, go and play your game, nobody will say anything. You gave so many chances to KL Rahul, so whoever is your opener, give him those 6 Test matches so that he can go and express his game."

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