That’s what people have been crying for, after India suffered two consecutive and humiliating losses in the hands of Australia, People want to drop the hammer on someone’s head for Indian team’s debacle and Virat Kohli seems to be the “sacrificial lamb” by far. Indian commentator, Ravi Shastri, for all his soporific stuff in the com box, is extremely vocal on Rohit’s inclusion into the playing XI at the expense of hapless Kohli,
All of a sudden, Rohit Sharma, is dragged into the spotlight and is projected as the “go to” man to reverse India’s fledgling fortunes. So, can Rohit save India from the blushes? from the ignominy of being whitewashed? Can he lift the spirit of a team that’s laid low?
Well, to be fair to Rohit Sharma (for that matter to Virat Kohli as well), he can’t be expected to carry the entire weight of the team on his shoulders. The Indian team is failing as a unit and it may not be possible for one batsman alone, coming in at No.6 to alter the fortunes of the team. After all, cricket is played in partnerships and even Rohit Sharma, at his magical best, cannot help the team’s cause, if wickets continue to tumble at the other end.
Ian Chappell, in fact brought forth an interesting case of Rohit, pulled into the thick of things, all of a sudden and asked to perform or perish. He said, Rohit Sharma hasn’t yet had a knock in the middle, is yet to make his test debut, but is projected as the saviour of Indian team on a track that is known to be the fastest in Australia. (Perth is the venue for the next test match). Honestly, if Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Dhoni can’t do it, then Rohit Sharma cannot do it either. This is not to condone the failures of Virat Kohli as a batsman and anyone, worth his salt, would accept that Rohit has got a better technique than Virat.
But having said that, why they didn’t they prefer Rohit Sharma over Kohli for the first test. Indian team management knows too well that Australian tracks demand the best of technique from a batsman and Sharma is better equipped than Kohli, technique-wise. It would be unfair on Kohli, if he is made to go, for he has so far been hailed as the guy with best temperament.
Virat, on the other hand, has a reason to feel agitated and let down by his latest nemesis, Ravi Shastri, former Indian captain and a high profile commentator. He firstly got into trouble by showing his dissent at the uncharitable Sydney crowd (He showed his middle finger to the hostile Sydney crowd, for being hurled with profanities). He later clarified that it was directed at Ravi Shastri, who he feels is not doing his case any good. Virat may have failed in the current series and may not have enjoyed great success in his short test career by far, but has got the talent and temperament to play the long innings and can come good much sooner than later, He together with Rohit is the future of Indian test cricket and cannot be ignored or cannot be made as the scapegoat for a collective team failure.
This Indian team is catching up with age and both Rohit and Virat need to be invested in, in order to fill the big shoes of the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman among others! If not done wisely, India could go the West Indies way, who is already languishing at the bottom of the ladder for not being foresighted!