Rohit Sharma will have to wait for a spot in the Indian Test XI with Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari justifying their selection in the middle order, said former opener Gautam Gambhir in Delhi on Thursday.
Vice-captain of India’s One-Day International side, Rohit has been in sublime form of late and is part of the Test squad touring the West Indies. He was not picked for the first Test and with Rahane and Vihari doing well in the series opener, it is unlikely he will feature in the second and final Test as well.
“He [Rohit] has got to wait for his opportunity. There is Rahane, who has done well now and Vihari too. So he has to wait and when he gets that opportunity, he needs to perform,” said Gambhir.
An under pressure Rahane scored a timely 81 and 102, his first hundred in two years while Vihari made 32 and 93 as India romped to a 318-run victory.
“I am not at all surprised [by Rahane’s good form] but it was a much needed performance, both from an individual and the team’s point of view. And when it comes in a winning cause, it doesn’t get better than that,” said Gambhir, who played 58 Tests and 147 ODIs for India.
Rishabh Pant is now India’s first choice wicketkeeper across formats, getting ahead of Test specialist Wriddhiman Saha, who is back in the squad after a long injury lay-off. Saha was the number one choice at the time of his injury.
Gambhir feels Saha too has to wait for his opportunity. “When someone [Pant] is averaging 48 [45.43 actually] with the bat and scored a hundred each in England and Australia, he deserves to be playing Test cricket. Saha needs to wait for his opportunity as Pant has grabbed his with both hands,” Gambhir added.
A couple of days ago, former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani had said that Saha should be given an opportunity instead of Pant.