Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has become the latest from the cricketing fraternity to back Rohit Sharma for the Test opener’s role.Gautam Gambhir, speaking to Sports Tak, said he would prefer to see Rohit Sharma opening with Mayank Agarwal when India take on South Africa in a 3-Test series at home, starting October 2.Gambhir’s comments come a day after former captain Sourav Ganguly threw his weight behind Rohit Sharma, saying the limited-overs specialist deserves a chance to open in Test cricket.Rohit has played 27 Tests but he has not been able to cement a spot in the playing XI. Rohit has predominantly played at the No. 6 spot, averaging 54.57 but Hanuma Vihari’s emergence has made it difficult for him to get into the playing XI.While Vihari top-scored in West Indies 289 runs in 2 Tests, KL Rahul’s dip in form has become a cause for concern for Team India.”I completely agree with Sourav Ganguly. India have experimented with their openers in the past. Virender Sehwag opened for India and so did Deep Das Gupta. Rohit is far better than Deep Dasgupta. If you give him six matches at home, I am sure he will be able to do well overseas. If you ask him to open straight away in overseas conditions, that will be difficult,” Gautam Gambhir told Sports Tak on Friday.Stressing Rohit needs an extended run in the Test format and an opportunity as soon as possible, Gambhir said the limited-over specalist can prove to be the X-factor for Team India in Tests.advertisement”I will prefer Rohit over Rahul and have a youngster as a backup opener. How long can you persist with someone, it is unfair on someone who is scoring in domestic cricket.”Rahul can comeback if he has the runs. If Rohit is there in the squad he should be in the playing XI as well else you can you can have someone else in the squad. If he doesn’t play now, it will be difficult for him after a couple of years to play Test cricket again,” Gambhir added.Give Rohit a fair run in Tests: GambhirMeanwhile, Gautam Gambhir also said Rohit Sharma has the technique to succeed in the red-ball format but maintained that he needs a “fair run”.”It will be difficult to make the switch. Red ball swings more but Rohit has that technique and experience. He knows how to play the new ball. But you have to give him a fair run. You did try with Yuvraj in one Test but I hope that doesn’t happen with Rohit. You never know he could be the X factor for this team,” Gambhir added.Rohit Sharma was in imperious form in World Cup 2019, scoring 648 runs, including a record-setting tally of 5 hundreds. Despite having made it to the Test squad, Rohit warmed the benches in both the Antigua and Jamaica Tests as India went on to complete a 2-0 whitewash and seal the top spot in the World Test Championship.Also Read | When Pakistan great Abdul Qadir instilled confidence in a young Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah gives 5-star rating to Lasith Malinga’s hat-trick vs New ZealandAlso See:
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