India vs West Indies: After leading India to victory for the seventh Asia Cup title, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma does not find a spot in the Test team for Tests against West Indies and that is creating immense buzz on social sphere. Rohit Sharma surely is one of the best One Day cricketer in the world and his No 2 rank proves that. So, why doesn’t he find a spot in Test XI? Well, there are many reasons for that.
Here are the reasons that e feel worked against him when the Test squad was selected.
Flat track bully:
Like Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma is a flat-track bully. In the subcontinent, you will see Rohit pull off some of the most incredible shots in the book, but when the ball does something he is found wanting. His non-selection in the Tests has surprised Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly but it still seems it is justified. Also, most of his runs in Test cricket, like the centuries or double tons have come against easier opponents. He has not done anything of significance in Tests when the opposition was formidable and competitive.
An out-and-out white ball specialist:
Like Yuvraj Singh or Suresh Raina, Rohit seems to be at ease playing the white ball format. He has a cardinal problem with shot selection when it comes to red ball cricket, where the ball does a lot. The skill set that is required in Tests is completely different to that needed in white ball cricket. His current rank of No 2 is a testament to how good a One-Day player he is. Patience, shot selection is the key to success in the red ball format.
This Indian team under the leadership of Virat Kohli is looking to win away series, in places where the ball swings and seams. Kohli’s India is looking ahead and not behind. After the debacle in England and then the selection for the West Indies Tests suggest that India is looking at the future. Rohit has got his chances in Tests but has not been able to cement his spot, despite being such a world class batsman in One Day cricket.
Consistent failures in overseas series:
These numbers prove a point and drive home what we are trying to explain. Numbers like these do not give you the exact picture of the cricketer he is.
Rohit’s record in Austalia, South Africa, England and New Zealand:
Matches – 10
Runs – 452
Average – 23.78
Highest Score – 72
100s – 0
50s – 2
Here’s a full squad of India:
Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur.