Rohit Sharma's Test spot is under severe scrutiny after having failed to perform in his last few innings © AFP
Rohit Sharma’s Test spot is under severe scrutiny after having failed to perform in his last few innings © AFP

Virat Kohli might be getting flak for persisting with an out-of-form Rohit Sharma, but Sunil Gavaskar backed the skipper’s faith in the young batsman. “I think if you have a look at how Virat Kohli’s Test career shaped up, then you will have to say that maybe his trust, his faith in Rohit Sharma is justified. Virat, remember for a half-a-dozen Test matches, didn’t look as if he was going to get the kind of runs that he is getting now. “Rohit Sharma on the other hand started his Test career with a bang, two back-to-back hundreds and after that he was inconsistent. He got a couple of fifties but hasn’t got those big hundreds,” he said. READ: Sri Lanka players must be given credit for their win over India in first Test at Galle

But atleast we have seen that he is capable of the big shots, capable of playing the big innings and Virat, if the captain has trust and faith in you I think you got to back that. “So I would back Virat as far as his faith in Rohit Sharma is concerned, for the simple reason that perhaps he is thinking of his own career. How the first half-a-dozen Test matches went for him before he got that hundred and before he got the consistency with which he is now getting the hundreds,” he added. READ: Sunil Gavaskar: Stop aggressive talks and focus on the game

On asked about India’s ploy to add an extra batsman in the next Test, Gavaskar reiterated his ‘horses for courses’ theory. “That is something that the pitch will dictate. From here we can’t say that we need an extra batsman or not. In the first innings with the five batsman they got almost 400 runs, so it’s not as if an extra batsman was missed. Wriddhiman Saha batting at six also got a good score. So I think it’s horses for courses,” he said. POLL: Should Rohit Sharma be picked for the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo?