Former England captain Nasser Hussain has supported India’s swashbuckling limited-overs opener, Rohit Sharma, as a Test opener for India’s upcoming tour of Australia later this year. However, he shared that Rohit needs to see the first 30 minutes of the day.
Notably, Rohit Sharma has justified his place as an opener. He had scored three centuries including a double ton against South Africa at home in his debut series as the opener in Tests last October. However, he had missed the New Zealand series due to a calf injury and the Australia tour is going to be his first away test as an opener as well.
“If Rohit Sharma is not a Test match opener, I’ve been watching a different game… If you go and ask fellow cricketers who your favourite players, a lot of them will say, Rohit Sharma,” Hussain said in a chat show on Sony Ten’s ‘Pit Stop’. “Fellow cricketers watch Rohit Sharma and say this bloke seems to have so much time to bat.”
Rohit Sharma, who is considered as one of the best in the limited-overs format, has played 32 Tests so far and Hussain shared some tips with that he could survive in Australia too.
“Test match cricket at the top of the order is about having time, it’s about having a technique as well. You have to cover your off stump, like Virat did in England against Anderson, the way he left him outside after all his problems of the previous tour, that is a Test match cricketer. And that’s the only thing Rohit has to do when he goes away from home and when is moving around. He has to just spend half an hour and say to the bowler you can have this half hour I’m going to leave you, I’m going to take the slip cordon out of play,” he said.
However, India are scheduled to play an entire series in Australia which also included four Tests. They will also play a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval from December 11-15. The former player again added that Australia is a very good place to bat and asked to use it as well.
He also shared his views on the ban of using saliva on ball owing to the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe which has brought the entire world into a standstill.
“I think it will affect the bowlers that maybe don’t rely on pace. The Duke ball in England anyway, I think does quite a bit. So I think a bit of sweat and will still see some movement in England,” he concluded.