Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky Ponting have batted for the inclusion of Rohit Sharma’s inclusion in the Indian XI as early as possible. Both of them are expecting Rohit to make comeback in the Sydney Test match, however, they said that he must join the playing XI as soon as possible. Rohit has already reached Australia after passing the fitness test at the NCA last week. India’s dismal batting performance in Adelaide have made the experts believe that Rohit’s inclusion can be India’s answer to avoid any more batting collapses in the series.
“He (Rohit) will definitely play. He is a better Test player than Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. If he is fit then he will straightaway slot at the top of the order,” said Ponting while speaking on Channel 7.
“Yes, yes, yes, he is definitely going to play in this Test series. He is already in Australia as far as I know and he might not be playing the second Test but he will be there for the third and the fourth” said Gavaskar on Rohit’s inclusion.
Sunil Gavaskar & Ricky Ponting on Rohit Sharma
Sunil Gavaskar was also critical of the batting technique of both the Indian openers, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal. While Shaw scored a duck and 4 in the two innings, Agarwal scored 17 & 9 inn the two innings.
“You can see he (Shaw) was pushing at the deliveries (in warm-ups), playing with hard hands and that has been his major problem,” said Gavaskar. “Even in this Test, there was such a big gap between bat and pad. It was just the second delivery of the game (first innings dismissal). You want to make sure that you are playing with soft hands and as late as possible” Sunil Gavaskar first said on Shaw.
Speaking about Mayank Agarwal, Gavaskarfelt that the right-hander was pushing at the bat a bit too hard leaving a big gap between bat and pad.
“He too was pushing hard and left a gap between bat and pad (first innings) which was enough for a truck to pass through. That is the mistake Indians are making, they are pushing hard at the ball” Gavaskar observed.