<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Rohit Sharma confident of succeeding in Test cricket; pleads selectors to give him a chance" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121219095907.jpg" title="Rohit Sharma confident of succeeding in Test cricket; pleads selectors to give him a chance" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> With 85 ODI and 32 T20I caps since his debut for India blue in 2007, Rohit Sharma is hoping that he gets a chance to don the all-whites soon PTI</p> </div> <strong>Rajkot: Dec 19, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> Mumbai and India batsman <a href="/tags/Rohit-Sharma/post" target="_blank">Rohit Sharma</a>, fresh from a 166 and 71 against Saurashtra, is pleading the selectors to give him a chance to represent India in Test cricket after a successful Ranji Trophy campaign so far.<br /> <br /> Rohit has scored one double century and two tons in the last one month on the Ranji circuit and also captained Mumbai in the absence of the injured <a href="/tags/Ajit-Agarkar/post" target="_blank">Ajit Agarkar</a> against Bengal.<br /> <br /> With 85 One-Day International (ODI) and 32 Twenty20 International (T20I) caps since his debut for <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India </a>blue in 2007, the 25-year-old Rohit is hoping that he gets a chance to don the all-whites soon, with an overhaul of the Indian Test team on the anvil.<br /> <br /> "I m happy with the way things have gone so far but at the same time I m disappointed that I ve repeatedly missed out on a Test berth," Rohit was quoted as saying by <em>The Indian Express</em>.<br /> <br /> "I ve been in the reckoning and on the fringes for the last three years but somehow I m yet to get a game in the longer format for India. I was picked for the Test series against West Indies at home and the one in Australia, but I didn t get a single opportunity. I got dropped for no reason that I can think of," he said.<br /> <br /> Rohit feels that he has performed consistently at the domestic and international level to warrant a Test cap. With a successful start to the 2012 Ranji campaign, he wants to be given a chance to prove himself in the longer format for India.<br /> <br /> "What bothers me is that I have been playing Ranji Trophy for the past seven years and have scored consistently throughout. I have played 85 ODIs already, and it s been six years almost since I began playing international cricket, but the Test debut has continued to elude me. I have averaged 60 plus in domestic cricket almost every year and have displayed the right temperament required for the longer format. What I m saying is at least give me a chance to fail," he said.<br /> <br /> Even though Rohit has figured regularly in both limited overs formats for Team India, Test cricket is the ultimate high according to him.<br /> <br /> "You can t compare ODIs with Test cricket. Ask any player in this country and they will tell you that Tests are the ultimate thing. But I m yet to get a feel of it.<br /> <br /> Rohit spoke of the time he almost got his Test debut against <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a> in Nagpur two years ago, but missed out due to an injury at the eleventh hour.<br /> <br /> "Twice I ve watched a Test match from the boundary-line. Who knows how different my life could have been if only I hadn t ended up twisting my ankle in Nagpur prior to that Test match against South Africa," he said.<br /> <br /> Rohit added that he has the right temperament to play the five-day game and is confident of proving himself to the selectors if given a Test debut.<br /> <br /> "I have been regularly scoring for Mumbai in the Ranji circuit. I am very attuned with playing 200-250 balls in one innings. If I can make the most of the extensive experience I ve gained from playing both international and domestic cricket, then it should hold me in good stead," he said.<br /> <br /> Talking of his recent slump in the limited overs format in Sri Lanka Rohit had scores of 5, 0, 0, 4 and 4 in the ODI series and the solitary unbeaten 55 to boast of in the T20 World Cup he revealed that he went to <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> for advice on how to tweak his game.<br /> <br /> "I called Sachin (Tendulkar) and spoke to him. He said that technically I didn t have any problem except that my leg was coming down from the direction of the covers instead of mid-off. And as a result, I was getting locked up in my stance while playing any shot.<br /> <br /> "Sachin also comforted me by recalling the many slumps he s suffered during his long career. He insisted that I keep enjoying my cricket. In <a href="/tags/Sri-Lanka/post" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a> I was frustrated as though I was doing everything right the results weren t going my way.<br /> <br /> "Coach (Duncan) Fletcher told me that these low scores can t make me a bad player. The problem was that I had never seen such a slump earlier in my life."<br /> <br /> When confronted about his image of being arrogant and lazy, Rohit said, "Cricket is all about self-belief. People will say I m lazy, and that I have too much of an attitude problem. If that is the case then I would like them to point out any time I ve misfielded or dropped a catch."