MUMBAI: Rohit Sharma couldn’t resist a chuckle on hearing the question which came across more as a suggestion. ‘Why don’t you try opening in Test cricket?’ a scribe asked him during a promotional event here on Thursday.
A timely query, you’d have to say, if one looks at how Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have been getting along in England so far. 118 runs at a sorry average of 9.83 is what India’s top three batsmen have managed in the two Tests that have gone by. Rohit, a prolific opener for India in the limited overs formats with three double centuries to his name, had a simple response.
“See, I’ve never been offered yet,” he said, “But I’m open to anything as per whatever the team management wants.
“I never thought I’ll be an opener in ODI cricket when I started playing or when I was playing for India. It happened along the way. So I keep my options open. If the opportunity comes I will take it.”
Rohit’s last outing in the five-day format came in India’s second Test against South Africa at Centurion where his second-innings effort of 47 wasn’t enough to stop the visitors from losing the match and the series. ‘Your fans want to see you back in the Test squad, what’s your message for them?’ Rohit was asked by another individual. He grinned while pointing out the obvious. “Sad part is neither I nor my fans can bring me back to the team. It is the selectors and coach and captain who can bring me back.
“I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands. I have to wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, I have to be ready for it,” he said.
Considering India’s batting woes, did Rohit think it was practical for those finding runs hard to come by to make a few minor tweaks mid-series?
“Trying to change a whole lot during the series will not be a great idea,” said Rohit, who was speaking at the launch of Conekt Gadgets.
“You can make minor changes but not a whole lot. It is up to the individuals how they want to prepare and how they want to counter the swing bowling.”