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Rohit Sharma will be itching to grab Test opener role: Sourav Ganguly after KL Rahul’s West Indies failures

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has once again thrown is weight behind Rohit Sharma for Test opener’s role, saying the India batsman is too good to be left out in the cold.

Ahead of the West Indies series, Sourav Ganguly suggested Rohit Sharma be tried for the opener’s spot in Carribean but the limited-overs vice-captain warmed the benches without getting an opportunity in both the Tests.

As it turns out, Sourav Ganguly believes KL Rahul’s poor form can push the team management to try out Rohit Sharma as the opener alongside Mayank Agarwal.

Rohit has played 27 Tests for India but the white-ball specialist has not been able to seal a spot in the Test XI. Rohit has batted as high as No. 3 but he has never opener for India in Tests. He averages over 50 batting at No. 6 but Sourav Ganguly said there is no need to tamper with the middle-order after Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari’s performances in the West Indies Tests.

Rohit had been in fine form in World Cup 2019, hitting a record-breaking 5 hundreds and topping the batting charts with 648 runs in just 9 matches.

“I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold,” Sourav Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India.

“After a fantastic World Cup, I believe he will be itching to grab the opportunity to open in Tests. With Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari settling in nicely, there is not much left to play around in the middle order.”

KL Rahul has flattered to deceive: Sourav Ganguly

KL Rahul was left out of India’s playing XI for the Melbourne Test against Australia but returned to the playing XI for the 4th Test in Sydney.

In the absence of Prithvi Shaw, who has been handed a drug ban, KL Rahul was the prefered opener in West Indies. However, the Kings XI Punjab star failed to make use of the opportunities that came his way, managing just 101 runs in 2 Tests against West Indies.

“The opening still remains an area to work on. Mayank Agarwal looks good but will need a few more opportunities. His partner KL Rahul, though, has flattered to deceive and that creates an opening at the top,” Sourav Ganguly said.

Having began their World Test Championship campaign on high, sealing 120 points with a 2-0 whitewash of West Indies, India will next host South Africa in a 3-Test series, starting October 2 at home. India will take on the Proteas in a 3-T20I series before the Tests.

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Article source: https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/rohit-sharma-opener-test-india-team-sourav-ganguly-kl-rahul-south-africa-series-1595811-2019-09-05?utm_source=rss

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