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Last chance

Monday, 29 October 2018 | Pioneer

Last chance

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma batted really well in the Tests as well as both limited overs formats of the game against the West Indies in the ongoing home series. Well enough, in fact, to earn him a recall to the 18-member Indian squad travelling to Australia for a four-Test series. He has also been backed by India great Sourav Ganguly for a recall to the Test side. Rohit’s talent has never been in doubt; in fact, purely on that score, he is one of the most exciting batsmen in the Indian line-up. He has also shown strong form in both limited overs versions of the game since his debut and is widely recognised a matchwinner for India in T20s and ODIs. In fact, looked at only from the point of view of statistics, Rohit has an impressive Test record too; he scored a century on debut and has three Test 100s and nine 50s at an average of over 55. That’s brilliant by any reckoning. Except, what these stats don’t tell you is that – and there is no polite way of putting this – Rohit is a flat-track bully who has floundered overseas in Tests. Till now. In Australia, where the pitches should suit him as they have consistent bounce, there is not too much lateral movement and the ball comes on to the bat, this extravagant talent must perform. Or it should be his last chance at Test level.

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