Rohit Sharma: If team wants me to open in Tests, I'll think about it

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Rohit Sharma: If team wants me to open in Tests, I'll think about it

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SportsCafe Desk

03/05/2017

Rohit Sharma has said he is open to the idea of batting at the top of the order in Test cricket as well and has left the decision to the team management. Sharma made a return to competitive cricket in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy after being sidelined with a thigh injury sustained in November,

Indian openers and injury have become synonymous in recent times. Despite having four openers in the mix, the debate hasn’t been settled yet. So, the promotion of Sharma to the opening slot can’t be ruled out. Sharma, who opens in limited-overs cricket, is yet to open in Tests though. 

"That's a very big question. I don't want to talk about it because it's not right if I talk about where I want to bat in any format. Whatever the team wants, I have to adapt to it," Rohit told the Times of India. 

"In Tests, if they're going to ask me, I will think about it. It's not that I'm going to say no to it. You have to think before every decision you make. Like, when the ODI opening position came to me, the team wanted me to bat there. There was a slot available and they wanted me there because they thought my game will suit opening the innings."

Rohit, who underwent rehabilitation for a thigh injury at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, scored 16 off 33 balls against Andhra on his return to competitive cricket.in

"I felt good. I wanted to spend a lot of time batting, which didn't happen...but that's fine. Coming back after four months, I was pretty nervous to get back onto the field and play. I have done that before (coming back from injuries). I was just trying to think positive," he said of his return..

"I want to spend as much time in the middle to see if the muscle which was injured can take the load. That's something which was told to me by the physios at the NCA. The biggest challenge was to spend as much time in the middle as possible. There is another game which I have to play (March 6). I look forward to spending more time in the middle and also fielding. That will be my real test," added the 29-year-old.

Rohit last played for India against New Zealand in a One-Day International in Visakhapatnam on Octo 29 last year. He injured his thigh while making 70 in that innings as he dived to complete a run. He underwent surgery on his right upper quadriceps tendon in November in London. He missed the Test and limited-overs series against England, the one-off Test against Bangladesh and the first part of the ongoing Test series against Australia.

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