Rohit Sharma is an awesome player in all formats: Brian Lara
Lara reckoned that the right-hander has a desire in him to succeed in the five-day format.
Updated - Oct 18, 2019 1:33 pm
The Road Safety World series- a T20 tournament aimed at promoting road safety, was launched in a glitzy affair in Mumbai. The series is a six-team tournament that will be held in India in February 2020. While Sachin Tendulkar will lead the Indian legends, former West Indian great, Brian Lara will lead the side from the Caribbean.
The former swashbuckling left-handed batsman was in Mumbai for the launch of the event where he talked about a plethora of things. When asked about Indian opener Rohit Sharma, the former captain was all praise for the Mumbai Indians skipper. Lara reckoned that Sharma is an awesome player in all formats of the game.
There has been a lot of talk about Rohit Sharma- the Test batsman. The right-hander was drafted into the set-up as an opener after his outstanding performances in the 2019 World Cup; a tournament where he racked up as many as five tons.
Brian Lara has his say on Rohit- The Test opener
Eyebrows were raised when Rohit did not feature in the Test matches in the Caribbean despite being in the squad. But, KL Rahul’s horrendous run-of-form finally paved for Rohit-the Test batsman and the right-hander was drafted into the playing 11 against the visiting South Africans as an opener, and he did not waste any time in making his presence.
The right-hander became only the sixth Indian player to score back-to-back tons in a Test match besides also becoming the first player to score more than 300 runs in his maiden Test as an opener. Speaking about Rohit, Lara reckoned that the right-hander has a desire in him to succeed in the five-day format and added that he was too good a player to miss out from the playing XI.
“I think [he] is an awesome player in all formats. Obviously, in the limited-overs game, he’s been successful. I don’t see any reason why he should not be in Test cricket. It seems he has the passion to play and wants to prove himself on that stage [Test cricket] as well. To exclude a player like that [from the Test team] will be very difficult with the talent that I see. So, hopefully, he’ll be successful,” Lara said as quoted by News18.