5 Players whose Test career depends on the series between India and South Africa
These players are walking on thin ice and their performances in this series will be closely watched by the selectors of both the teams.
Updated - Oct 2, 2019 10:30 am
After sharing the trophy in the T20I sojourn, now the team India will take on South Africa in a three-match Test series. Last time when these teams collided, it was a spicy treat with the fast bowlers ruling the roost. If things are to go by then the Indian team will return the favour by presenting turning tracks. Though the South African side is short of ammunition they have the talent to stun the No.1 ranked Test team.
India will be eager to continue their dream run while the visitors will be hoping for a headstart in their Test Championship journey. Having a close look at both the squads it can be said that there will be some interesting one-on-one battles throughout the series. Apart from that, some players will be eager to prove a point as their Test career is at crossroads. They need to regain their touch to keep their place in the side.
Here we bring you 5 players whose Test career depends on the upcoming series between India and South Africa:
1) Rohit Sharma
In the present scenario, the cricketer who can tonk the white-ball with audacity and power in equal measure is Rohit Sharma. When the hitman bats, the spectators enjoy it like a symphony. Especially since his promotion as an opener in the limited-overs format, Rohit has generated some mind-boggling stats. On some occasions, he has even outclassed Virat Kohli which is an accomplishment in itself considering the track record of Indian skipper in ODIs.
Now the team management is backing him to come good in a similar role in Tests. For an individual who has stroked 3 double centuries in ODI cricket, he is also expected to carry the charge in the whites. Unfortunately, things haven’t panned out as he would have liked as he has failed to bat for longer periods. He has usually thrown away his starts with rash shots.
It seems middle-order batting is not his forte and has been given a push in the batting position. It will be a challenge for him to open the innings in longer format but if the experiment doesn’t work out then he might have to say goodbye to this format.