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Rohit Sharma will have to mentor new openers according to Saba Karim

By Bet Barter

July 11, 2021

India will play against England in a 5-test series starting on August 4. Saba Karim has stated that Rohit Sharma will have to mentor the new openers during this tour. 

Since last month, the men in blue have been criticized for their poor performance against New Zealand. India lost to the Kiwis at the WTC Final by 8 wickets. They were only able to score 217 and 170 runs in the innings. Although Sharma played well at the start of the innings, Team India wasn't able to keep the momentum going. 

While talking to India News, Saba Karim has stated that Sharma will have to mentor new openers such as Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, and Prithvi Shaw. According to Karim, the conditions in England are not ideal for batting but having a good opening partnership can help them perform better. 

The former Indian wicket-keeper batsman also noted that Rohit Sharma has started playing a different role for the team. Since the last year and a half, Sharma has become a core group leader along with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. He was also named as the deputy to Ajinkya Rahane at the start of the Sydney Tour this year. 

Former Indian all-rounder Reetinder Sodhi also praised Rohit Sharma

Reetinder Sodhi opined that the upcoming series depends a lot on Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara's performance. Sodhi also called Sharma the best batsman in the world when he is in his element. 

Sodhi went on to state that Rohit Sharma has also proved himself in the Test Cricket format. Earlier in his career, Sharma seemed to be struggling but has since made his mark in the Test format. Sodhi called him a special opener who can quickly take the match away from opponents. 

Ever since Sharma started batting well in the game's longest format, he has experienced a lot of success. He managed to score five centuries at the World Cup in England 2 years ago. However, he has mostly been successful in home conditions that are familiar to him. He will have to perform well in the upcoming Test series against England if he wants to prove his brilliance as a batsman.

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