Dileep Vengsarkar, former cricketer said that ignoring Rohit Sharma for test series against England is the biggest blunder made by the selectors. Dileep Vengsarkar is a popular cricketer and served in many positions for the BCCI. India needs to play another test with England at the Oval though they lost the series to England by 3-1. They are in postmortem sessions for the loss of India by minor margins in the tests at Edgbaston and Southampton.
The knock of 132 runs by Pujara and consistent performances of bowlers went waste by the loss of India in the fourth test. Rohit Sharma did his test debut in 2013 but could not strengthen his position in the team for tests. Vengsarkar played 116 tests for India and scored 6868 runs. Rohit made his last performance in the tests in the series against South Africa. For England tour, Indian selectors opted for Ajinkya Rahane but he did not do well in the series except a few runs.
Rohit Sharma is called as the perfect foil for Virat Kohli by the former test captain.
Vengsarkar said that “I feel India made a big mistake of not having Rohit Sharma for the Test series,”
“I presume Rohit was left out of the squad because he has been inconsistent at the Test match level but having stroke players whose defensive technique is found wanting, followed by batsmen who believe in only defending, Rohit would have been an ideal foil for captain Virat Kohli.”
He criticized selectors for not having proper alternate batsmen for England tour. He said “By discarding him [Rohit], the selectors, it seemed, didn’t apply their minds as to who would succeed in the English conditions and to create a backup plan,”
He felt that selecting Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw for the team ignoring experienced Murali Vijay is not a wrong decision since the series is lost and there is no mistake in selecting a youngster for the rest of the series.
“Since they have selected young Prithvi Shaw, they should play him in the last Test match as both the openers failed time and again, though I feel it would be right to induct Prithvi in a home series rather than in England. However, the selectors have shown confidence in him and since the series is lost, there’s no harm in trying the talented young man,” he signed off.