Rohit Sharma opening for India in Tests

Opener KL Rahul was dropped from the Indian Test squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa Rohit Sharma promoted to the opener’s role in red-ball cricket is a new gimmick.

Rohit averages nearly 40 in Tests batting in the middle order. Now he will partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order.

“Yes, we are definitely looking at him (Rohit) and want to give him an opportunity up the order. He is keen (on opening) and the selection committee as well as everyone (team management) is keen. We want to see where he stands and then take a call,” said Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad.

Rookie Punjab batsman Shubman Gill, has been rewarded with a place in the Test side as back-up floater, who can fit in both as an opener and a middle-order batsman.

Courtesy: ICC

“With regards to Shubman Gill, we look at him as an opener as well as middle-order batsman. We are looking at him as back-up for both the slots. As he keeps playing more and more, he will get his opportunities, because he is a player for all three formats,” Prasad observed.

India’s first Test against South Africa will start in Visakhapatnam on October 2, while the second and third games will be held in Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23) respectively.

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