Rohit Sharma, the Test batsman, is a too good a player to sit out of the playing XI according to many. Many eyebrows were raised when Hanuma Vihari was preferred over Rohit in the West Indies Tests. But the former proved his mettle and has sealed his place in the side. This has led to the selectors giving a chance for Rohit Sharma at the top of the order for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.
Accordingly, he was appointed the captain of the Board Presidents XI against the visiting team in a three-day practice game which is currently in progress. Rohit was picked to get a feel of opening in red-ball cricket. However, his stint at the top has been cut short by Vernon Philander. India’s limited-overs vice-captain nicked one behind to the keeper Heinrich Klaasen.
Rohit Sharma was meant to gain confidence by spending some time at the crease but after bagging a duck, it remains to be seen how he fares during the actual Test series.
Divided opinions on Rohit
A lot of former India cricketers have backed Rohit Sharma in the Tests to come good and when he was picked in the squad as an opener, many praised the move. But there were a few who felt that it was unfair on the regular openers like Abhimanyu Easwaran who are doing well consistently in domestic cricket.
Rohit Sharma’s failure as the opener might open up the debate again ahead of the Test series now and the man himself will be under a lot of pressure to perform. This is also deemed as the last chance for the 32-year-old to revie his Test career. The same decision had turned his career dramatically in 2013 but it takes a lot to become a Test opener and it will be interesting to see how Rohit Sharma adapts.
Despite the failure, he looks set to open the innings in the first Test against South Africa along with Mayank Agarwal in Visakhapatnam on October 2. His average in Tests at home is exceptional but all his runs have come while batting at five or six. Meanwhile, after his failure in the practice game, the fans trolled Rohit Sharma hilariously while some bashed him as well.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Our promising new opener, Rohit Sharma got out for a two-ball duck in today's match between SA and BPXI. @BCCI
— Sayantan Jana (@sjanaQA) September 28, 2019
Aise kaise chalega @ImRo45 ?
— pranav (@being_pranav_) September 28, 2019
Captain Rohit Sharma Out for a Duck While Opening The Test Innings. 😆
Sunny Bhai Should Have a Word With Rohit Bhai. 😅
— ArunachalaM (@ArunbuddyAP) September 28, 2019
Ro masterclass 😍😍😍 … 0 Runs 2 Balls ….
Missed triple century by just 300 Runs
well Played @ImRo45 #BPXIvSA
— Rahul 🇮🇳 (@Rahul__Tweet) September 28, 2019
What What All time Great Test Opener Gone For Duck?@ImRo45 #INDvSA #RohitSharma @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/xLwBLDrQmV
— Harshit Pachouri (@Instastariam) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma dismissed for a two-ball duck while opening in the tour game against South Africa. This won't do his confidence any good #IndvSA
— Vishal Dikshit (@Vishal1686) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma has has a good start to his opening career in the longer format with the BP XI today facing just 2 balls!@cricketaakash @cricketwallah @sanjaymanjrekar @BCCI @BCCIdomestic
— Deepak Kumar (@DKMR1) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma Gets Out On duck!!!Hope don’t repeat on In series..
— Anik (@anik_pansuriya) September 28, 2019
We got the wrong Sharma opening guys pic.twitter.com/seZ39rW2DT
— absy (@absycric) September 28, 2019
Lol 😂😂😂 Hituu gone for duck
1st innings as opener in test
More to come!!! #RohitSharma
— Virat's Comrade ❤ (@prakathi_18) September 28, 2019
Ooopppsss Rohit Sharma 😂 😂 😂
— Dilavarsinh. (@CaughtAndBowld) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma shouldn’t be selected in test cricket. There are young guys working hard in domestic cricket should get their deserving break.
— Jitender Singh (@j_dhillon7) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma goes for a duck in BPXI Unofficial Test. He has been dismissed by Philander at home. #BPXIvINDA
— shivdutt kamath (@wiseguyshiv) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma be like: practice match may score karkay Kya milayga
— sameer (@sameer_857) September 28, 2019
Rohit sharma ki vjhse hi global warming ho rhi bnda itna zyada warmed up h
— SHIKHAR SINGHAL (@FutAirWarrior) September 28, 2019
Bwahahahahahaahahah @imRo45 pic.twitter.com/elSjbCrefk
— Raghu (@Raghu610) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma got out for a duck in the south Africa practice test🙄🙄
— Arsh (@arsh2302) September 28, 2019
To be fair, Rohit sharma in test cricket has a brain equivalent to a less than 20 year old. Hence a “youngster” lol
— Khuong Ho (@TehRealKhuong) September 28, 2019
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