Selecting Rohit Sharma For Australia Tour Would Be A ‘Gamble’ Reckons Ian Chappell

Written by Vishwas Gupta

After England debacle for India, the selection committee now has its eyes on the buildup to the Australia series that will start off on December 6. There will be chopping and changing to adjust the struggling batting order of India that seemed starry on home track and former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has a bit of an advice for the selectors. He reckons that although Rohit Sharma would be ideal in batting under Aussie conditions, selecting him in the squad would be a ‘gamble’.

“A confident and in-form Rohit Sharma would be an ideal player to bolster the batting in Australia. His authoritative horizontal bat shots are perfectly designed to cope with the testing extra bounce, but sadly Rohit has never really come to grips with batting in Test cricket. Selecting him for the tour would be a gamble,” the Aussie wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.

Amid India’s struggle at the crease against the moving ball in England, Rohit was asked whether he would like to open in place of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul.

“Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it” he said.

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