Ind vs Aus 3rd Test – Rohit Sharma begins training for 3rd Test, hits ground even on New Year eve: India opener Rohit Sharma, who joined the rest of the squad in Melbourne on Wednesday after completing his quarantine in Sydney, has already begun practising ahead of the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Rohit didn’t even take off on New Year eve as the Hitman on Thursday started his training under the supervision of batting coach Vikram Rathour as the rest squad enjoyed their 2-day rest ahead of the Sydney Test. Meanwhile, BCCI took to Twitter to post pictures of Rohit in practice with the caption, “The engine is just getting started and here is a quick glimpse of what lies ahead. #TeamIndia #AUSvIND”
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 31, 2020
The third Test starts on January 7, but doubts over Rohit taking part in the game still remains as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and head coach Ravi Shastri is yet to assess his fitness after the isolation period.
Rohit, who last played an overseas Test back in 2018-19 in Australia will definitely bolster the Indian batting lineup if he is included in the squad. But since India managed to dominate the Aussies in the MCG Test, it remains to be seen who he replaces in the playing eleven.
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Mayank Aggarwal’s below-par performance in the two tests has open gates for Rohit to straightaway walk into the Indian team playing XI subject to his fitness.
Mayank has just managed 31 runs in 4 innings of Adelaide and Melbourne test with highest score of 17. Whatever little time, Indian opening batsman from Karnataka has spent in middle – it could be termed as very uncomfortable.
In comparison, Shubman Gill who made his debut in the Melbourne test has looked very impressive during the two innings he has got in the middle. It’s clear Gill with innings of 45 and 35* not out will be persisted as India’s opening choice even in the 3rd test – but Agarwal is likely to lose his place to Rohit Sharma.