Captain Virat Kohli insists on Rohit Sharma at No.3 in Tests

Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli is quite reputed for his aggressive mindset. The tour of Sri Lanka will be his first full Test series as skipper and has made it clear what he expects from the role of No. 3 in Test cricket.

Ever since Rahul Dravid’s retirement in 2012, the role has been successfully donned by Cheteshwar Pujara. Off late, the Saurashtra batsman’s off-form has seen Rohit Sharma in the role, who hasn’t really fired so far. Ahead of the Sri Lanka tour, Kohli backed Rohit and in a report from Hindustan Times, he said, “We figured out that Rohit is an impact player. In one-day cricket, he bats up the order, and he had a different aspect when it came to Test cricket, as he is batting at No 5 at 6 actually. It was off the kind of setup he had played in one-day cricket. We felt that if he gets going, even in a Test match, he can take away a session or two from the opposition. That could be the difference in us winning a Test match and getting close (but not close enough).”

He further added, “He had done well at No 3 in Australia and I think he needs more time there. Once he settles down there, he could be the catalyst in the middle order to keep the score ticking. He is so naturally gifted that we want to give him the opportunity to get us that big score, and in quick time. He doesn’t take much time to score, and that would give us the extra 20-30 overs to bowl (the opposition out later).”

Making his debut in 2013, Rohit has played 11 Test for India and has scored 668 runs at 39.29. He scored two hundreds in his first two Tests but failed to replicate that thereafter. The first Test in Sri Lanka starts at Galle on August 12.