new Delhi. India’s strategy of playing with five bowlers in the Melbourne Test worked, but the team led by Ajinkya Rahane will have to take some tough decisions in the batting department, especially at the opening, as Rohit Sharma will be part of the team for the Test in Sydney. Are added and available for selection. He was very successful in the Test series against South Africa last year, but he has not been able to practice nor play any practice match so far on reaching Australia.
What will be the decision of the team to feed Rohit
Head coach Ravi Shastri said after winning the second Test that we would have to talk to Rohit. It has to be seen how physically ready he is, as he will be quarantined for a few weeks and come in the team. We also have to see how he is feeling before making a decision. The way Shubman Gill batted in Test debut he fits. In such a situation, the team can exclude either Mayank Agarwal or Hanuma Vihari to feed Rohit.
Agarwal’s performance in the current series has been poor and he has also touched the double figures only once. He did not appear to be such a strong batsman as he was here in 2018. He then made his Test debut here, but if the team management defends him then it will be a big decision. Rohit had his first-biggest Test on the New Zealand tour earlier this year, but he was injured before the Test series began.
Either one of Mayank or Vihari will be out
He is now making a comeback after another injury. He played his last match as an IPL final on 10 November. In such a situation, Rohit will face a big challenge as an opener in Australia. Former chief selector MSK Prasad also believes that if Rohit is to be fed, then it can happen by dropping out of either Mayank or Vihari.
Regarding Rohit, who made his opening debut for the first time in his tenure, Prasad admits that he cannot fully say that Rohit will be ready for the opening without match practice. It also has to be seen what the team management wants from Rohit? Does he want a fast start from him or does he see his place in the middle order.