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Brad Hogg states that Rohit Sharma wants to prove himself away from home in Test Cricket

December 14, 2020

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Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg feels that Indian opener Rohit Sharma would be desperate to prove that he is a decent Test batsman in conditions away from home. The Mumbai Indians captain has an average of 46.54 in Test cricket, but his numbers when batting in Indian conditions are superb.

In 14 Test Matches in India, Rohit Sharma has amassed a total of 1325 runs. His batting average in Test Matches at home is almost twice that of his average away from home. With a Test average of 88.33 at home, Sharma has dominated Test Cricket when he has played in India. Furthermore, all of his 6 Test hundreds have been amassed in India itself.

However, his stats drop considerably when one considers his Test record away from home. Rohit Sharma recently passed his fitness test and is likely to be available for the last 2 Tests. Hogg feels that this would be Rohit’s opportunity to resurrect his Test form away from home.

India captain Virat Kohli will leave for India prior to the 1st Test at Adelaide. With Kolhi absent, Hogg believes that Rohit can bat at No 4 to fill the void Kohli will leave. Kohli is currently the 3rd highest ranked Test batsman in the ICC rankings. The Indian team is relatively young and would need an experienced player to anchor the team. Hogg reckons that Rohit Sharma could provide that bit of experience to this young Indian side.

I expect Rohit to get at least one century and two half-centuries: Brad Hogg

With Mayank Agarwal likely to open for India, his opening partner is yet to be decided upon. There are plenty of options available such as Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, and KL Rahul. If the Indian openers do not deliver against Australia, Sharma might come in to open for the Men in Blue. In 5 Tests in which Rohit opened for India, he has amassed 556 runs with an insane average of 92.66. Moreover, he has also scored 3 centuries when opening for India in Tests.

Brad Hogg reckons that Sharma has the ability to turn the series in India’s favor. Hogg expects nothing less of Sharma, backing him to score at least one century. Hogg also feels that Rohit Sharma could take his tally to three figures in the Test Series against Australia. The Border-Gavaskar trophy will start from 17 December, with the first test to be a Day-Night match.

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