India vs South Africa Tests: Support grows for Rohit Sharma to open in Tests
In his 27-match career in Tests so far, Rohit Sharma has never opened the innings. (PC: AFP)

The chorus of Rohit Sharma to open in Tests against South Africa starting this October is growing day by day after reports emerged that India head coach Ravi Shastri is keen to push the Mumbai batsman at the top of the order.

Backing Sharma, former national selector Dilip Vengsarkar stated that a world-class player like Sharma will succeed in Tests while Kiran More asserted that Sharma should find a place in the Test team owing to his stellar record in limited-over cricket.

“He is a world-class player and has proved it,” Vengsarkar told The Mid-Day. “Give him a platform, and he will perform. He delivered when the whole world was watching during his innings [of 140] against Pakistan in the World Cup. He is a big-match player, so I am sure he will succeed.”

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“Rohit can be part of the team’s XI anytime. He can bat at any position. He has the experience of opening [in limited overs]. It is a great asset for the Indian team that a player of his calibre is sitting out. It will be great to have him in the XI,” More told the daily.

During his stuttering 27-match Test career Sharma has managed 1585 runs at 39.62 with three hundreds and ten fifties to his name, while in the ODIs, the 32-year-old is on course to become on the the greats of the game the format with 8686 runs at 48.52 with 27 centuries including three double tons.

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Vengsarkar went on to add that leaving a player of Sharma’s ability from the Test side is surprising.

“Leaving a player like Rohit out of the playing XI was very surprising. He is a world-class player. Would the team management have dropped him if we were playing a strong team like England or Australia? “After scoring five centuries in the World Cup and being in such great form, it was unfair to leave him out of the playing XI. We don’t know why he was dropped,” said the former India skipper