Former India batting coach, Sanjay Bangar feels that the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be a big one for skipper Rohit Sharma.
Rohit has led India in Tests only in two Tests and the team has played only five Tests in 2022.
Sharma became skipper for India in Tests in February 2022 but injuries kept him out of the longest format of the game.
He led India in two Tests against Sri Lanka at home and remained absent during the rescheduled fifth Test against England and the two-match Test series against Bangladesh.
India is now going to play host to Australia for the much-awaited Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting on 9th February.
Now, Bangar feels that this could be a pretty big series for Rohit Sharma as skipper in Test cricket.
It’s a massive series for Rohit purely for the reason that whenever he was at his best, unfortunately, injuries made him sit out a lot of Test matches from 2015 to 2018. In 2018, when he was batting really well, he had to miss a Test match because he wanted to come back home to be with his family for personal reasons.
Before 2019, Rohit was not a success when it came to Test cricket. In October 2019, he started as an opener for India in Tests.
He was then a star player for India during the tour of England.
Additionally, Rohit also scored a lot of runs during England’s tour of India in the same year.
Bangar backs Rohit and says that he has the required skillset for Test cricket
Meanwhile, Bangar has stated that Rohit has the necessary skills to achieve great things in Test cricket for India.
He has already conquered in his own mind the challenge of batting in English conditions in Test match cricket as an opener. Against England in India, we saw what a terrific series he had at home. So he obviously would keep this at the top of his to-do mark to do really well as a captain against the Australian team.
Adding further, Bangar says,
He has those skillsets, if he can see through the new ball with the same kind of discipline that he showed against the English bowlers in swinging conditions, I am pretty sure he will be able to set up a great foundation for the team.
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