The arrival of Rohit Sharma in Australia meant he’ll be soon featuring in India‘s playing XI pending his 14-day quarantine as per the country’s COVID-19 protocol. The growing uncertainty of the failure of the Indian openers in this tour as none of them has actually got going.
The Indian openers in this series have really not lived up to the expectations barring Shubman Gill in the 2nd Test. India started off with Prithvi Shaw in the first test at Adelaide Oval where he registered 0 and 4 which resulted in him getting dropped, only to be replaced by his 2018 U-19 World Cup deputy Shubman Gill.
Team Management Confident About Rohit Sharma Opening
As much as we talk about Mayank Agarwal’s partners’ performance in this series, it hasn’t been that fruitful of a series for Agarwal himself. In the 2 Tests, Mayank Agarwal has scored only 31 runs across 4 innings at an average of 7.75, which is why even Agarwal’s place in the side is under extreme scrutiny.
As per a report in the Mirror, it is being said that Rohit Sharma is all set to replace Mayank Agarwal in the playing XI of the Sydney test starting on 7th January. As a result, Hanuma Vihari is most likely to retain his place in the middle order as the potential candidate who could’ve replaced Vihari down the order, KL Rahul was ruled out of the remainder of the series after spraining his leg during practice.
Mayank Agarwal is facing the axe after having copped scores 17, 9, 0, and 5 in the four innings he has batted. He has completely looked out of place and his technique has come under the scanner time and again in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
According to the report, the team management is confident about Rohit Sharma as the pitches in Australia would suit his batting style. Rohit comes on the back of a heavy run-scoring spree against South Africa last year before missing the New Zealand Test earlier this year.