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Rohit Sharma Set To Return In Tests, Will Play In Australia

| 3 months ago

Owing to his spectacular run of form in One day International, the limited over vice-captain has finally got a call from the selectors for the upcoming test series against Australia. India’s quest for a perfect opening combination and Rohit’s recent innings has, perhaps, opened the doors for the 31-year-old batsman once again in the Test Cricket.

Earlier in a promotional event, when Rohit was asked if he would like to open in Test Cricket as well, the right handed-batsman said that he is open to anything that comes his way and is ready to bat at whichever position the team management wants him to bat at. "Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it," Rohit said.

Looking at the squad for the Australia test, the team management certainly looks to add the right mixture of youth and experience going ahead at the Australia tests. Moreover, opener Murli Vijay and keeper Parthiv Patel have also been drafted into the side.

"With regard to Rohit, we felt that his nature of cricket - he's a very good backfoot player, and we felt that his game is much suited to play in Australia," Prasad said. "He [Parthiv] was not picked for the game against Afghanistan and also the England series, but subsequently he played the Duleep Trophy, he batted well and kept well. So, if you see the selection we've done for the whole team, it's a mixture of youth and experience, which we really wanted because it's going to be a high-intensity series, which is why we've fallen back on the experience. The advantage of Parthiv is that he's a left-hander and can bat at any order. When the team demanded, even with a fractured hand he opened the innings in South Africa." MSK Prasad said.

The pace attack will comprise of all the five best bowlers in India which include Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Ishant, Shami, and Umesh. The spinning department includes Ashwin, Kuldeep, and Jadeja.

India squad for 4 Tests versus Australia:

Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.