Though India captain MS Dhoni said ‘you would have to wait and watch’ chances of Rohit Sharma getting his Test debut at Eden Gardens on Wednesday are quite high.
With the India team trying to find the right balance in the Test format, Rohit could get the nod ahead of Ajinkya Rahane after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the Test series due to a shoulder strain. That Rohit can also be a part-time spinner further tilts it in his favour.
Rohit has been in great form recently, having scored a double century against Australia in Bangalore apart from being the highest run-scorer in the seven-match ODI series.
It would have already expedited his Test berth but Jadeja’s injury might well be the opportunity for him. Dhoni made no bones about the fact that he would like a part-time bowler who bats at the No 6 spot.
“Well the thing is whether we want to go with four bowlers or have a fifth to the attack, or someone who can bowl a bit if needed. That’s one major decision. Though the decision is one, it’s divided into three different aspects,” said Dhoni when asked whether he would prefer Rahane or Rohit at the spot.
“If we go with five bowlers, both of them may not play. If we need someone who can bowl a bit of off-spin then Rohit plays. Thirdly, if we go with four specialist bowlers, Ajinkya stays,” said Dhoni.
But given the nature of the pitch, spinners could be given preference. Rohit bowls part-time. But more significant has been the form he has shown in recent days.
Eden Gardens is again one of Rohit’s favourite and lucky venues. As Mumbai Indians batsman he scored a scintillating century in last year’s Indian domestic Twenty20 League.
This time, he led the team to their maiden Twenty20 title, again at Eden Gardens in the final. If his debut finally happens on Wednesday, Eden Gardens will have a permanent place in Rohit’s heart.