Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly wants Rohit Sharma to open in Test series against West Indies

Meanwhile, Ganguly also said that youngster Rishabh Pant must start ahead of Wriddhiman Saha in the first Test against West Indies


Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, on August 22 said that the Indian team must get the limited-overs opener, Rohit Sharma, open the innings for the team in Test cricket as well. The suggestion from Ganguly comes just prior to the first test against West Indies in Antigua which will happen today.

The Indian vice-captain, Sharma has been in his topmost form as he cemented his place at the top of the batting order in the Twenty20 and 50-over formats and finished with the most number of runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 recently.

While Sharma is the only batsman in the world to have scored three double centuries in ODIs, the 32-year-old hasn't been able to maintain his spot in the longest format and has been unable to flourish as a Test batsman.

He was dropped after his poor return in South Africa in early 2018 when he managed to only score 78 runs in four innings. In the meantime, India are struggling without regular opener Prithvi Shaw, who has been handed an eight-month doping ban, whereas Mayank Agarwal, who has merely played just two tests, is the regular opening batsman in the squad alongside KL Rahul.

The first Test against West Indies will mark India's journey in the World Test Championship along with the Caribbean. This will present another opportunity for Sharma to try and cement his spot at the top of the order in the game's longest format.

Meanwhile, Ganguly has also stated that it would be notable whether the team wants to play Rohit and Rahane or not. He also suggested that after Rishabh Pant's impressive innings against Australia and England, he should be starting ahead of Wriddhiman Saha whois making a comeback.

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