Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar never shy away from speaking his heart about the gentlemen’s game. Time and again, the former Indian cricketer has sparked a debate with his opinions related to players and the game itself. Recently, he was at it again as he tried to spark a debate regarding Rohit Sharma’s form.
In his column for Hindustan Times, Sanjay Manjrekar reckoned that the ongoing series against England should determine whether Rohit Sharma’s Test career moves forward or will it come to an end. Manjrekar pointed out Sharma’s contrasting home and away record and opined that a team shouldn’t have an “ageing” batsman who scores big only at home. He wrote:
“This is also a make-or-break series for the Test batter in [Rohit] Sharma, because there is no point in having a batter with over 40 Tests under his belt, aged 34, to be in the Test team if he is going to get you big scores only in India,”
Though all eyes will be on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the ongoing 5-match Test series, Rohit Sharma will also draw his share of the limelight. Rohit, who now opens the innings for team India in the Test too, will be kicking off the proceedings in the UK for the first time.
In the World Test Championship final, he got starts and scored 34 and 30. Rohit Sharma has been doing well however Manjrekar is putting unnecessary pressure to stir a debate
Furthermore, Manjrekar said that Rishabh Pant, would be the one who would be the man deciding the outcome of the series. He wrote:
“I believe this will be a series decided by one exceptional individual performance, that one game-changer in each Test, the one who may clinch the moment and take his team surging forward.”
“For India, that could be Kohli obviously, and then, for me, Rishabh Pant, especially because he has done it twice already in a short Test career. At No 6/7, Pant will be an absolute danger man against England,”