Test cricket is a different ball-game, let’s see where Rohit Sharma’s career goes: Gautam Gambhir

Test cricket is a different ball-game, let’s see where Rohit Sharma’s career goes: Gautam Gambhir

Rohit averages in the high 80s in home Tests while overseas, he averages in the mid 20s.

Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma
Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma made his debut back in 2007 and since then, he has established himself as one India’s greatest players in the ODI and T20I format. Scoring centuries and double centuries in white-ball cricket hasn’t been all that tough for the Nagpur-born. However, he hasn’t had the smoothest of Test careers thus far, having made his debut back in 2013 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Though Rohit has managed an average of 46.54 in the purest format, he has been in and out of the national team. In the meantime, Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer, reckons that Rohit still has a long way to go as far as Test cricket is concerned. Gambhir, who last played in the format in 2016, is hopeful for Rohit to match the numbers of Virender Sehwag in the future.

I hope Rohit Sharma can be as successful as Sehwag, says Gambhir

“He is a fabulous white-ball cricketer, probably a better record than any one of us including Virender Sehwag. But Test cricket is a completely different ball game,” Gambhir was quoted as saying on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.

“Yes, I could see the brilliance of it but let’s see where his cricket goes because Virender Sehwag has got two triple-hundreds. So, I hope Rohit Sharma can be as successful as Virender Sehwag in Test cricket,” he stated.

In 14 Tests at home, Rohit has 1,325 runs at a gigantic average of 88.33 with six centuries and five half-centuries to show for his efforts. Last year, he was promoted to open the batting from the middle order and he turned up with scores of 176, 127 and 212 against South Africa. Though he couldn’t get a lot of runs against Bangladesh, he has made a name for himself.

However, it’s his overseas numbers that have concerned the experts and the netizens. Outside India, Rohit averages a mere 26.32, scoring 816 runs from 18 games with a top score of 79 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He hasn’t played an overseas Test since December 2018 after the Melbourne Test against Australia where he churned out an unbeaten 63.