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Rohit Sharma Has Been A Revelation As An Opener In Test Cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

Yash Mittal
·2-min read
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar has said that Rohit Sharma’s performances at the top of the order in red-ball cricket have been nothing short of a revelation.

Rohit Sharma has comfortably been India’s best Test batsman ever since started opening the innings since the 2019 home series against South Africa.

The stylish batsman has racked up 1030 runs in just 11 innings as a Test opener at a stupendous average of 64.37 and he is the fastest among all Indian openers to achieve the feat.

“Rohit Sharma has been a revelation as an opening batsman. We have seen him in limited-overs cricket but in the red-ball cricket which does a lot more, there wasn’t that certainty that he would get runs,” said Sunil Gavaskar on Star Sports.

Rohit Sharma (BCCI)
Rohit Sharma (BCCI)

The former opener lauded Rohit Sharma for making the most of his opportunities and he expects his fellow Mumbai cricketer to achieve a lot more in the upcoming season.

“But he has shown in the opportunities that he has had in the series against South Africa and now over here that he is capable of getting runs as an opening batsman too. So, that has been a huge plus, and the way he shows the time that he has, the way he paces his innings I think he is going to do a lot more for India,” added Gavaskar.

Rohit Sharma is the best player of spin in India: Sunil Gavaskar

Rohit Sharma, Sunil Gavaskar
Rohit Sharma [Image-BCCI]

In a series where the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane struggled, Rohit Sharma held India’s batting-unit together.

His 161 on a raging turner in the second Test against England is comfortably one of the best innings by a batsman on a spin-friendly track and the one that, according to skipper Virat Kohli, proved to be a series-defining knock.

When asked if Rohit is the best player of spin in India, Sunil Gavaskar responded in the affirmative.

“I think Rohit is the best player of spin in India. He has got more talent in his little finger than many others combined,” said Gavaskar.

However, Graeme Swann added that while Rohit Sharma might be the best, the likes of Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar are not far behind when it comes to playing spinners.

“I would have said yes before this Test match. I am more than impressed with the way Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar played spin. Rohit is a brilliant player, don’t get me wrong, and probably is the best so far but he has got those two sneaking up on his tail,” said Graeme Swann.

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