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Rohit Sharma still hasn’t cracked the code of Test cricket: Ramiz Raja

June 9, 2021

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Durba

Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja praised Rohit Sharma and stated that he is among the sport's best batters. However, Raja reckoned that the Indian opening batsman hasn't still realized his full potential in Test cricket. Once again, Rohit Sharma will be seen when India will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. India's limited-overs vice-captain has only featured in one Test match in England so far. Thus, it would be interesting to see how Rohit Sharma performs in the much-awaited clash. In a recent interview with India TV, Ramiz Raja said that Rohit Sharma would have to be patient in England and look to spend more time at the crease in order to succeed.

Rohit Sharma has featured in 20 away Tests. In those, he has scored 945 runs at an average of 27. Overall, the 34-year-old averages 46.69 in 38 Tests and has scored seven centuries and 12 fifties in the purest format of the game.

India is a more talented side than New Zealand: Ramiz Raja

For now, it is known that Rohit and Gill are likely to open for India in the finals. The pair has been opening for India in the Test format since the four-match Test series against Australia. Earlier, veteran Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja also stated that Rohit and Gill should open for India and said that playing an aggressive opening duo is not risky for the visitors. Ramiz Raja backed Rohit and reckoned that he could score a double hundred once he gets settled in the team. The former also believes that the game demands to have an aggressive mindset. Thus, both Shubman and Rohit will perfectly fit in the role.

Talking about team India's chances of winning the WTC final, Raja believes India is a more talented side than NZ. This is because the Indian cricket team has a strong game plan which is backed by their instincts. Ramiz Raja also talked about how team Indian has grown from strength to strength in the last ten years. He believes that the majority of the players have improved in a couple of areas they lacked in the past. While NZ will be better adapted to the English conditions, the 58-year-old feels Virat Kohli-led team India is the more accomplished side. The Men in Blue will leave no stone unturned to win the WTC.

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