Following a stunning batting performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament which saw him mustering 648 runs across 9 games at 81, Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma gained selectors’ trust to get back in the Test team. However, the aggressive batsman was unable to find a place in the Indian team for Antigua Test.
After Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, recent man to criticize this decision was the former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin. With Rohit scoring 5 half-centuries and a century in his last 15 Test innings, the 56-year old was looking forward to see him in the first Test against West Indies.
Reflecting on the management’s decision of playing Lokesh Rahul and Hanuma Vihari, Azharuddin said that it was unwise to waste the experience and expertise of a batsman like Rohit Sharma. The Hyderabad born added that there is no point in having Rohit in the red-ball squad if they don’t want to install him in the playing eleven. Furthermore, Azharuddin believes that the 32-year old is good enough to bat both at the top and late order. It remains to be seen if Rohit finds a place in the second Test match.