Former India chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar has supported Rohit Sharma to start for India in Test matches. Together with the red ball replacing the white one and bright white uniforms — with numbers on the back side — taking over from colored clothes, The focus has changed from India’s No. 4 to the opening set. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has suggested that limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma may be a choice and that thought has received backing from Dilip Vengsarkar, who’s a former chairman of selectors himself.
Terming Rohit a world class player, Vengsarkar said he simply wants a platform to do.
“To make him bat in the opening position or No. 3 or 4 does not really make much difference. It’s almost the mental state. It’s a fantastic thing that he is going to be opening; he will find a dedicated slot to bat in. He’s a world-class player, and it has proved it. Give him a stage, and he’ll perform. He’s a big-match participant, so I am certain that he’ll succeed,” Vengsarkar informed Mid-day.
Vengsarkar also voiced his disappointment that Rohit wasn’t given a match in the two-match series against West Indies. “Leaving a player like Rohit from the playing XI was quite surprising. He’s a world-class player. Can the team management have dropped him if we had been playing a solid team like England or Australia? “After scoring five years at the World Cup and being in such great shape, it was unfair to leave him from the playing XI. We don’t understand why he had been dropped,” said the former India batsman.
South Africa’s tour of India begins with the three-match T20I series September 15 in Dharamsala