Don’t know why India didn’t think of opening with Rohit Sharma in Tests earlier: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgWorld Cup-winning India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said India are going to benefit a great deal from their move to promote Rohit Sharma to open the innings in Tests but stressed the team management should give him a longer run at the new role.Harbhajan Singh also expressed surprise at why the team management took this much to promote Rohit Sharma but insisted that it’s “better late than never”.Harbhajan Singh’s comments came after Rohit Sharma shone in his first Test as opener. Rohit slammed twin hundreds in the 1st Test of the ongoing 3-match series against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.Rohit Sharma became the 1st batsman ever to score hundreds in each innings in his maiden Test as opener. Rohit hit 176 in the 1st innings and followed it up with a quickfire 127 (149 balls) in the 2nd innings to set up a 203-run win for India.Rohit played with the dominance that he is known for in white-ball cricket as he went on to break the world record for most sixes in a Test by a batsman.”Everyone is impressed [with Rohit’s performance in Vizag]. This is probably the best decision the management has taken in the recent past. This is going to be great for Team India going forward, Rohit Sharma opening in Tests. Once he gets set, he takes the game away from the opposition. I would like the management to stick with him for at least 8 to 10 games. I am really, really happy with the way he played and scored in the game. India Won the game and a lot of credit should be given to Rohit Sharma for setting the game up,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.advertisement”Well, he could have. Why not? Since he has been opening in ODIs and T20Is, he is a very experienced bowler. He has got the technique to play the fast bowlers. I don’t know why it didn’t come to their mind earlier. Better late than ever, they say. He has got a chance. He has proven with the numbers as well that he is more than capable to be in the Test squad. I wish him all the luck going forward.”Speaking to the press after his record-breaking outing as opener in Vizag, Rohit Sharma revealed that the talks of his promotion to opener’s role in Tests was going on for quite some time in the Indian dressing room and he was told it would happen anytime during India’s tour of West Indies earlier this year.Rohit had done well at the No. 6 spot but his inability to get going overseas did not help his case when it came to cementing a spot in the Test XI. With Hanuma Vihari’s emergence, Rohit’s Test future was in doubt but the Mumbai batsman has made the most of a lifeline that came his way.”The talk was going on for a long time. In the West Indies (in August), they told me clearly it is going to happen now. I was prepared for the past two years. At some stage, I was aware that I might have to open so I was ready,” Rohit had said.Also Read | All the experience Rohit Sharma has accumulated over the years came to the fore in Vizag: Virat KohliAlso Read | I would have doubled points for away wins: Virat Kohli on World Test Championship tableAlso See:last_img

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