Virender Sehwag questions the selectors for previously dropping Rohit Sharma from Tests
"Selectors should answer this."
Updated - Nov 11, 2018 11:23 am
Rohit Sharma has been an indispensable element of the Indian limited-overs team, having scored runs in heaps over the last few months. He is currently 69 runs away from becoming the leading run-scorer in T20Is, surpassing New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, the opportunity of which he’ll get in the final match of the three-match series against Windies at M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
However, the 31-year-old hasn’t quite been able to flourish in Test cricket and has been in and out of the national team ever since his debut against Windies back in 2013. While his record in home conditions is phenomenal, to say the least, the Nagpur-born batsman has somewhat flattered to deceive on pitches where there has been a significant amount of pace, bounce and movement.
He has scored three double-centuries in ODIs
After failing in a couple of Tests in South Africa earlier this year, he was dropped for the final Test in Johannesburg and didn’t get a chance in England as well. Nevertheless, fortunes have recently favoured him as he has been picked for the Test series against Australia, which starts next month. Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag, the former Indian cricketer, has criticised the selectors for dropping Rohit previously.
“When he played at home against Sri Lanka, he scored a century and a half-century. He failed in two Tests against South Africa and was ruled out then, not even getting selected for England Tests. How many batsmen scored runs in South Africa? Why only Rohit Sharma was left out? Selectors should answer this. Why did they drop Rohit?” Sehwag was quoted as saying in Sports Tak.
“He has scored three double-centuries in ODIs, is he so bad that he did not find a place in the Test team? I don’t think so. There is no player in the world who is scoring runs in ODIs and isn’t playing Test cricket. The opposite happens,” he added.