Australia vs India: Subramaniam Badrinath questions Rohit Sharma’s selection for the Test series
He felt that Rohit hasn't proved his mettle in the longer format.
Updated - Oct 28, 2018 3:17 pm
Former Indian batsman Subramaniam Badrinath has been taken aback by Rohit Sharma’s selection over Mayank Agarwal in the Test squad for Australia tests. Mayank was picked for the home Tests against the Windies but he couldn’t find a place in the playing XI. However, the team management handed a debut to Prithvi Shaw in the same series.
Agarwal has been putting on exemplary performances in the domestic circuit. He was the leading run-scorer in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy with 1160 runs which included a triple-century as well. Despite KL Rahul’s poor show in the Tests against Windies, he had to remain on the bench.
Rohit Sharma had a disappointing tour of South Africa and as a result, was dropped for England tour earlier this year and was not considered in the recent series as well. However, India’s limited-overs captain has been given a go over the Karnataka batsman, who has been in fine form in recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“I can actually relate to him. He is not at fault. He has been performing and getting runs. He earned his place, did not play a game and now, he is out of the team. I would like to ask the selectors what exactly is this process? Is it just to keep him satisfied that they got him into the side? What are they trying to do here?” Badrinath said while speaking to Sportstar.
Rohit Sharma hasn’t proved himself
The retired batsman remained ingrained that Rohit Sharma is a completely different player in white ball cricket but hasn’t been among the runs in the longer format. He further added by saying, “We all know he has not done well in red-ball cricket. Why is he there? He is a different player when it comes to the white ball, you can call him the best opener. In red-ball cricket, he has just not been able to deliver.”
However, Agarwal hasn’t been completely overlooked. He has been picked in the India A side for the upcoming New Zealand tour where a few of the Test batsmen are also set to take part.
~Written by Aayushmaan Vishwanathan