Twitterati ask the merit for Rohit Sharma’s selection ahead of Hanuma Vihari

They questioned the merit of this decision and wanted to know what had Rohit done to get a nod ahead of someone like Vihari.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Australia vs India Test series got underway with the first Test at the Adelaide Oval. Even before the start of the game, there was a lot of anticipation on what the Indian XI would look like. As a norm, the team did release the 12 names on the eve of the match but there was one spot up for grabs with two names in line. For No.6, the Indian team had Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari.

While Vihari deserved a spot in the team every bit given the way he made his debut in England it was Sharma the Indian team opted for. At the toss, Virat Kohli called it right and made the decision to bat first. He thought it was a good wicket to bat on with some grass on it. Their priority is to get runs on the board and then put pressure on the opposition.

Talking about the team combination he said they’ve picked Rohit for the role at No.6 given his ability to bat well with the tail. He also has the shots that suit the kind of wickets on offer in Australia. Kohli also said that his limited-overs deputy is in a better position to negotiate the short ball at the same time can attack the bowlers to give it back.

“Rohit Sharma will bat at six, he can bat well with tail, has the shots on these kind of wickets, he’s good with the short ball and can attack the bowlers,” Kohli said.

Twitterati, however, wasn’t impressed with this call. They questioned the merit of this decision and wanted to know what had Rohit done to get a nod ahead of someone like Vihari. There were those terming it a bias towards a certain player who has always failed to deliver.

Here are the reactions to Rohit’s inclusion in the Indian XI for the Adelaide Test:

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