India can expect quick runs from Rohit Sharma just like Virender Sehwag in Tests: Harbhajan Singh
Bhajji hopes that Rohit gets fit on time and takes part in all four matches of the series against Australia.
Updated - Nov 19, 2020 8:54 pm
The Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma is currently recovering from his hamstring injury, which he suffered last month while playing for his franchise Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020, at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The cricketer is not a part of India’s limited-overs squad for the Australian tour but is expected to travel for the four-match Test series, starting from December 17 in Adelaide.
Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has backed the opening batsman saying that despite the injury, Rohit will score a lot of runs for India in Australia in the Test series. Harbhajan feels that if Rohit stays at the crease for 5 overs, then it would be difficult for Australia to take his wicket and stop him from ticking the scoreboard.
Rohit was out of the Test team for a long period but was included as an opener in place of KL Rahul for the series against South Africa. The Mumbai Stalwart confirmed his place in the longest format of the game by scoring back-to-back hundreds in the Vizag Test followed by his maiden double hundred in Ranchi.
“Rohit Sharma is a quality player. Expectations from him will be high, fans will be hoping he scores as many runs in Australia as he did in Test cricket as opener on home soil in the recent past,” Harbhajan told Sports Tak.
India can expect quick runs from Rohit’s bat, just like Virender Sehwag: Harbhajan Singh
“If he stays at the crease for the first 5 overs then dismissing him or even stopping him becomes very difficult because he is a very dangerous player. He cuts and pulls well, drives the ball well and even his backfoot play is also very good. Scoring runs in Australia shouldn’t be too difficult for a batsman like Rohit,” he added.
Further, the veteran spinner also compared Sharma with the former explosive Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag. Bhajji hopes that Rohit gets fit on time and takes part in all four matches of the series against Australia.
“Facing the new ball will be important, if he plays it well then India can expect quick runs from Rohit’s bat, just like Virender Sehwag did for the team as an opener. Rohit is a very important player for the team and I hope he gets fit in time for the first Test,” Bhajji concluded.