[caption id="attachment_882705" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-882705" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Rohit-Sharma-Tests.jpg" alt="India vs West Indies, India, West Indies, Rohit Sharma, Shoaib Akhtar" width="628" height="329" /> Akhtar said that since Rohit was a part of the squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies, it was important that he should also be given a chance in the XI to go out and grab his opportunity. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former Pakistan pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shoaib-akhtar/news/">Shoaib Akhtar</a> has backed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/news/">India</a>'s limited-overs deputy <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/news/">Rohit Sharma</a> to be a part of the playing XI for the opening Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/west-indies/news/">West Indies</a> and feels that not picking the batsman will be wrong. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Akhtar said that since Rohit was a part of the squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies, it was important that he should also be given a chance in the XI to go out and grab his opportunity. <p></p> <p></p>"I know Rohit has been given chances to play in the Test format earlier and he has not been able to grab on to the opportunity. But I believe he should be included in the team. He is a big match-winner, and not including him will be wrong. He is in good form and he should be given a chance right away," the 44-year-old expressed. <p></p> <p></p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/virat-kohli-has-brought-spice-into-indian-cricket-viv-richards-882668">Virat Kohli has brought spice into Indian cricket: Viv Richards</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"When you have selected him in the squad, leaving him out of the playing XI should not be an option. I believe he will showcase his talent in the longest format of the game, he will become a great player in the Test format as well," Akhtar added. <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, speaking on the Indian team, which had crashed out of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a> after losing the semi-final contest against New Zealand this year, Akhtar also said the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/news/">Virat Kohli</a>-led team has recovered well. Earlier, India had outclassed West Indies in the just concluded T20I and ODI series. <p></p> <p></p>"The team has recovered well after the World Cup set-back, and I believe they will perform well against West Indies in the Test series," he said.