Gautam Gambhir sets Rohit Sharma an elusive target in Tests

Written by Vipin Darwade

While Rohit Sharma importance to India’s limited-overs sides rose dramatically, the Hitman’s career still remained unfulfilled, with opportunities in the longest format being limited. In 2019, Rohit opened for India in Tests for the first time and didn’t take long to prove his credentials in red-ball cricket too, scoring 176 runs in his debut innings.

Gautam Gambhir, speaking at Star Sports’ Cricket Connected Show, admitted that Rohit is unarguably one of the finest openers India have had but he still has a lot to do before he goes to do achieve the same status in Test cricket. In fact, Gambhir also went on to set a target for Rohit, which is to be as successful as Sehwag when it comes to the longest format.

“He is a fabulous white-ball cricketer, probably a better record than anyone of us including Virender Sehwag. But Test cricket is a completely different ball game,” Gambhir said.

“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 added.

So far in his Test career, Rohit has 2141 runs in 32 matches at an average of 46.54. His highest score in the format is 212.

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