India’s Rohit Sharma has proved to be brilliant in the absence of Virat Kohli. Each time he has been handed over the captaincy, he has come out with flying colors. Under his reign, India won the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, then became the Asian Champions. India’s recent triumph under Rohit came against Windies where the Men in Blue enforced a clean sweep by 3-0 in T20Is.
Apart from the captaincy, his personal form has been superb. He scored a century in the ODI series and then became the only man with 4 T20I centuries. Due to his superlative run in white ball cricket, he earned call back to the Test cricket. The right-hander was named in India’s squad for the Test series in Australia.
Despite doing well in limited overs cricket, he somehow hasn’t repeated his heroics in the longest format of the game. His last Test appearance was in South Africa in January 2018 where he was disappointing with the bat. He scored 78 runs in 4 innings with an average of 19.50.
Rohit faded away after a glittering start
Way back in 2013, Rohit had made an outstanding debut in Tests against the Windies in 2013 by striking two centuries in his first two games. But he failed to be consistent that kept him in and out of the side. Now that he is back in the Test squad, the onus is on him to cement a place. As per him, he was hoping for a Test selection but is not thinking too much about the tour down under.
“We have the T20Is and practice games before the first Test match. I am not thinking about the Test match. All I am thinking of is going back, taking a few days off, and take the flight to Australia. We will have enough time to think about the Test match after that. If I try and stay in present, it works for me. Test matches are something I was looking forward to for a long time. It will be nice to go out there and play a Test match for India,” said Rohit in the post-match conference after the Windies T20I.