Rohit Sharma had a disappointing outing in the first Test © AFP
Rohit Sharma had a disappointing outing in the first Test © AFP

Former India captain and current coach of the India A team, Rahul Dravid, has challenged the current batsmen to become more consistent in order to retain their place for long. India have experimented by promoting Rohit Sharma at No. 3, while sacrificing a strong batsman at that position, Cheteshwar Pujara following his poor form. While Rohit has had mixed results so far at No. 3, the cricket fraternity is not happy with the move from the Indian cricket management. Dravid has joined the debate by saying that the batsman at that position needs to be consistent or else he will face scrutiny. ALSO READ: Is Rohit Sharma the right choice at No. 3 for India in Test cricket?

Dravid was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express, “Whoever bats there must consistently perform. Pujara averages 47, that’s a pretty good record. I have no doubt he will get back into the Test team. He is a class act. Rohit [Sharma] has had a little bit of success. Now it’s about who performs better.”

The former cricketer recalled his career, saying he was able to remain India’s No. 3 batsman for a long part in his career because of being consistent. He said, “You need to nail it with performances. It’s not about individuals, but performance. If you can consistently perform, that’s what I think I did, batting with four or five guys around. If you consistently perform you will own your spot, otherwise you will come under pressure and another player will take your spot.” ALSO READ: Virat Kohli scores four centuries in his first four Tests as captain

India were left wanting for more from their No. 3 batsman Rohit in the opening Test against Sri Lanka, which they lost in an embarrassing manner by 63 runs. India were able to dominate Sri Lanka for most part of the first Test at Galle, but could not resist when Sri Lankan spinners turned up the heat on them. ALSO READ: Ravichandran Ashwin is ready to lead Indian attack, asserts Rahul Dravid

Rohit, batting at No. 3 in his third Test, failed in miserable manners. In the first innings he failed to read an incoming delivery from the Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews for 9, and in the second innings, he was cleaned up by Rangana Herath for 4. However, Rohit batted at No. 4 as Ishant Sharma was sent in by India as their nightwatchman on the evening of the third day.