The talented Indian batsman has to perform if he does not want to miss out on a grueling season before the team in Test matches    Getty Images
The talented Indian batsman has to perform if he does not want to miss out on a grueling season before the team in Test matches Getty Images

Team India is currently preparing for their tour of West Indies comprising of four Tests. Anil Kumble is already in action with the young Indian Test side, preparing for the Caribbean tour at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The series will be a test of temperament for the players in West Indies, with most of them being new to the conditions. Rohit Sharma is among a few of those who have played in the Caribbean in the past, but his lackluster Test average challenges the team management over the selection of the best playing XI. And if at all Rohit makes it to the team, it will be interesting to see if he gets a long run. ALSO READ:KL Rahul: Anil Kumble wants Indian players to take decisions on their own

Shikhar Dhawan s inconsistency has become permanent, and in Rohit, India have another batsman whose failures can add to their woes. Rohit s twin centuries in his debut Test have been the only bright spot so far in his Test career. He has been an asset in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) but his graph is yet to surge in Test cricket.

Rohit is likely to bat lower down the order, likely at No. 5 or 6 a position where batsman is needed to play according to the situation, mostly batting with a tired top-order mate or with the tail. He has also been given a chance to bat at No. 3, ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara, but did not do much to cement his place. Pujara has been inconsistent too, but the general belief on his Test credentials is higher than that of Rohit s.

Maybe, Rohit has not succeeded in Tests due to his habit of throwing his wicket at wrong times. For Rohit, it is easier to shift between ODIs to T20Is and back, but the same is not the case when it is about Test cricket.

Rohit has the shots and can pace his innings well in limited-overs format. In Tests, it is all about resilience and patience to keep doing the same thing every over again and again. The ability to leave the ball outside off stump is a big weapon to have for any batsman.. Perhaps, Rohit has not been able to execute it well. Playing spin with the red ball is equally tough as playing it against fast bowlers. The ball keeps on moving for a longer time and that is why the runs scored in Tests gets value in a batsmen career. ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma: I am not here to please anyone

Talking about numbers, Rohit s Test record has not much to show after his first two innings. He scored 177 and 111 against West Indies in his first two innings and has till now piled on a total of 896 runs. This means that after his first two innings, he added only 608 runs under his name in 27 innings at an average of 22.51 which is below par. His average in Australia (28.83), South Africa (11.25) and England (17) are shambolic for a proven match winner in limited-overs.

His average is decent in Sri Lanka at 33.66 and 40.66 in New Zealand that too courtesy of a few unbeaten innings. With a big question mark over his Test credentials, Rohit is running a race against time to cement his place and the West Indies tour will be a do-or-die for him in a quest to remain in the team.

Rohit s potential as a batsman cannot be doubted, but he will surely not be liked to remember as a batsman who could not deliver in the oldest format of the game.

(Aditya Sahay is a journalist with CricketCountry who is completely into sports and loves writing about cricket in general. He can be followed on Twitter at adisahay7)