3 Players who are overshadowing Rohit Sharma in Test cricket
The Mumbai batsman has constantly been in and out of the side and has never really made it big in the longest format.
Updated - Sep 16, 2019 7:23 pm
In recent times, there has been a lot of talk around Rohit Sharma and his Test spot. The Mumbai batsman has constantly been in and out of the side and has never really made it big in the longest format. He played a couple of Test matches in Australia. However, he warmed the benches in the two-match Test series against West Indies.
The Indian white-ball vice-captain has been scoring a lot of runs in the shorter formats. However, he still hasn’t proved himself in Test cricket. Hanuma Vihari was preferred over Rohit in the Caribbean. Hence, that raised a lot of debate.
KL Rahul has been very inconsistent over the last couple of years. Moreover, the opening combination is still unsettled. Thus, there have also been calls for Rohit Sharma to move up the order. However, there are other players in the side who have done well and are overshadowing Rohit in Test cricket. Here are three of them.
1. Hanuma Vihari
Before the Test series in the Caribbean started, Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari were competing for the No. 6 slot. It was more or less a direct shootout. India opted to go for Vihari and the Andhra batsman repaid the faith of the team management.
He scored 289 runs at an average of 96.33. Vihari came into bat in tricky situations and bailed India out of trouble multiple times throughout the two-match Test series. He scored one hundred and two fifties as he more or less sealed the No. 6 spot in the Test side.
In fact, Vihari played on two tough away tours in the last season as well. He made his debut at The Oval against England in the fifth Test. He scored a fighting half-century and showed great character as well. The 25-year-old played three Test matches in Australia as well. He couldn’t convert a couple of good starts on a difficult Perth track but looked solid. When he was asked to open in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, he might’ve scored just 8 but he blunted out the new ball. He scored 42 in the last Test at SCG.
Hence, Vihari has impressed early in his career. He has batted in some tricky and challenging conditions and has come out on top. Thus, he will surely be one of the frontline middle-order options going forward. Moreover, he has comfortably overshadowed Rohit Sharma in Test cricket.