India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad December 4, 2011

Kohli, Rohit in race for No. 6 Test spot

India will take heart from seeing both candidates for the only open spot in the Test line-up for the Australia tour, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, in form and scoring not soft but difficult, mature runs
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It must have frustrated India to watch the last two West Indies wickets add 120 runs in Visakhapatnam. It will be a matter of concern that their regulation openers, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, are yet to play definitive innings post the World Cup. At the same time, all that added up to create a situation conducive to a satisfactory development. Stand-in captain Sewhag liked what he saw after his dismissal. "They both batted with lot of maturity, as if they have played 200 matches between them, although they have only played around 60-70 matches," Sehwag said, the "both" in this case being Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

India must hope their good form has implications beyond a jailbreak in yet another ODI, their eighth against West Indies this year, with three more to go. Looking at the larger picture, India will take heart from seeing both candidates for the only open spot in the Test line-up for the Australia tour in form, scoring not soft but difficult, mature runs. Especially because that spot has been open ever since Sourav Ganguly's retirement three years ago.

There are two ways of looking at Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's lack of Test experience, despite their success in one-dayers. You could say they are being given a protected induction: all of Kohli's first four Tests have been against West Indies, and Rohit is yet to debut. Or you could say there's not enough faith in them on display: the closest Rohit has come to a Test debut was when he injured himself on the morning of the Nagpur Test against South Africa in February 2010, after having been called in as a last-minute replacement for VVS Laxman, and Kohli wasn't given a chance to play on the tough tour of England.

Later this month, these points of view will be put to rest. Never mind that Australia are not the same team anymore and that they lost the last home Ashes 3-1, Australia remains a tough place to tour, and the pivotal No. 6 position is begging to be taken. This is not against lesser opposition, not in friendly conditions, nor a last-minute-replacement act. The talented duo has been given - or rather, earned - the vote of confidence that Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh were given when India went to England earlier this year. That the spot remains untaken is one of the many reasons why India failed there.

The conditions will be easier than in England, in that the ball won't seam as much as it did during the England summer, but there will be extra bounce to handle. That they are doing well in the series leading up to the Australia tour will add to the confidence. Rohit Sharma has bailed India out twice, Kohli once, in the current ODI series that is two-matches-old. Sehwag likes the mindset it will create in both of them. "I am pretty happy with their performance," he said. "Especially with that of Rohit Sharma. Yesterday [the eve of the Visakhapatnam match] he had promised that he would finish the game for us, and he did just that. Virat Kohli also batted superbly.

"It's important for everyone, whoever is going to Australia, to take in confidence and play well there. It's a big challenge in Australia. I am sure they will handle the pressure well. They will practice hard and get used to bounce and play well there."

No. 6 is an unglamorous spot. If the team is doing well, you have to hit out in a push for a declaration. If the team is doing badly, you find yourself stuck with the tail. Kohli had that experience in the final Test against West Indies. Rohit has had that experience on more than one occasion, especially in ODIs against West Indies. This series is not strictly preparation for Australia: the ball colour will change, the pitches will change, the bowlers will change, but as Sehwag says, the confidence won't hurt.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY marq7 on | December 7, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    2 talented players no doubt. Given enough matches they can become as good as any player out there. But all of this chatter reminds me of the pre-England tour earlier this year. Come post Boxing Day, we shall know. Australia is a tough place to be initiated.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    i can say rohit is a over hyped player in current cricket world. commentators like ravi and gav are the seriously mind washing the world with their comments on rohit. May be he came from where the bla bla's came. you got it right? Don't you?

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    In terms of talent there is Rohit Sharma, daylight and then Yuvaraj, Raina and Virat. Even Sachin scroed his first Century after 70+ matches. Stick with Rohit, this guy has all the attributes to make it big, REAL BIG.

  • POSTED BY Sudhakar86 on | December 6, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    @all Not many people have the guts to be off the mark with a six. Rohit has done it twice in consecutive matches. Anyone can come n score runs at the top in ODIs but at no 5&6 it is really hard to score runs as your shot selection is extremely important. Rohit has done it 3 in a row. What else qualification is needed for tests?

  • POSTED BY Sudhakar86 on | December 6, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @SamRoy What did Kohli do when he was in WI. He played so badly yet he got a chance to play in tests. Rohit was in Good form yet he was denied a spot which was vaccant without senior players. In South Africa even Sachin failed wherass in 2003 Sachin dominated. A class player will see many ups n downs. I would say that he is the one who keeps the team ahead pf personal landmarks apart from Yuvi. Even RD at times plays for his own but never those two guys

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | December 6, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Again there are too much expectations from this series. We all know england whitewash unveiled itself after a series against WI. The same is happening now. These youngsters have done well in the backyard as usual and visitors have given them a very tough time so far. Off course the mood is different as Ashwin's attitude after getting out last night was different. He advised the new comer like a frontline batsman. Rohit is in good form but got out in nineties. Kohli is good and both of these guys deserve to face Aussies. In the first two ODIs of this series Indian bowling lineup could not get em out before 50 overs. Both teams are missing few important players and will be raring to make more impression agaist stronger team. Specially, WI have done well against India and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Kohli will be my test # 6/later # 5... he does not have enough technique for #3.... and Rohit will fill the shoes of # 3/4 whenever it's vacant.....

    Till then, they can rotate Kohli and Sharma for that #6 spot... say if it's a 4 test series, Kohli gets 2 tests and Rohit gets 2 tests in that #6 spot.... let them choose which tests they want to play..... unless one of them is out of form.... because both deserve the test cap, but only one spot is vacant now.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Rohit reminds me of Mark Waugh; Especially those on drives, flicks and drives...... languid...... Kohli, especially when he pulls has a touch of Ponting in him... (his attitude also!) :)

    Kohli will be my # 6... he does not have enough technique for #3.... and Rohit will fill the shoes of # 3/4 when it's vacant.....

  • POSTED BY pk_brisbane on | December 6, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    @criketanand - you obviously dont know much abt cricket. both their attitudes are an example for all youngsters on the field. they hustle, are energetic and are consistent. you say their technique is poor, on what grounds have you said that, they have good footwork, good balance and a good eye. will they fail in aus? maybe, but thats part of their learning curve that will make they world beaters in years to come. they have earnt the right to be on that tour. as for your inference of attitude, if your referring to things off the field, who cares. dont be a hater, support the youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Indians depend too much on past RECORDS. Please forget about individual performances and records. Raina Rohit Sharna, Purja, Kohli are talented Raina and Kohli shd be in any Indian Team at present. Australian young fast bowlers are doing well. Australians do not play any passengers in the field. Vijay did very well against Australia at home he is a better bat than Gautam at present and a good fielder. No bad fielder can get into an Australian side. Compare the Average age of the Australians and Indians. Raina,Kohli and Rohit should be in any side as they save plenty of runs and rarely drop a catch. Vijay scored and ran out two good batters against Australia.

  • POSTED BY marq7 on | December 7, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    2 talented players no doubt. Given enough matches they can become as good as any player out there. But all of this chatter reminds me of the pre-England tour earlier this year. Come post Boxing Day, we shall know. Australia is a tough place to be initiated.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    i can say rohit is a over hyped player in current cricket world. commentators like ravi and gav are the seriously mind washing the world with their comments on rohit. May be he came from where the bla bla's came. you got it right? Don't you?

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    In terms of talent there is Rohit Sharma, daylight and then Yuvaraj, Raina and Virat. Even Sachin scroed his first Century after 70+ matches. Stick with Rohit, this guy has all the attributes to make it big, REAL BIG.

  • POSTED BY Sudhakar86 on | December 6, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    @all Not many people have the guts to be off the mark with a six. Rohit has done it twice in consecutive matches. Anyone can come n score runs at the top in ODIs but at no 5&6 it is really hard to score runs as your shot selection is extremely important. Rohit has done it 3 in a row. What else qualification is needed for tests?

  • POSTED BY Sudhakar86 on | December 6, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @SamRoy What did Kohli do when he was in WI. He played so badly yet he got a chance to play in tests. Rohit was in Good form yet he was denied a spot which was vaccant without senior players. In South Africa even Sachin failed wherass in 2003 Sachin dominated. A class player will see many ups n downs. I would say that he is the one who keeps the team ahead pf personal landmarks apart from Yuvi. Even RD at times plays for his own but never those two guys

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | December 6, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Again there are too much expectations from this series. We all know england whitewash unveiled itself after a series against WI. The same is happening now. These youngsters have done well in the backyard as usual and visitors have given them a very tough time so far. Off course the mood is different as Ashwin's attitude after getting out last night was different. He advised the new comer like a frontline batsman. Rohit is in good form but got out in nineties. Kohli is good and both of these guys deserve to face Aussies. In the first two ODIs of this series Indian bowling lineup could not get em out before 50 overs. Both teams are missing few important players and will be raring to make more impression agaist stronger team. Specially, WI have done well against India and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Kohli will be my test # 6/later # 5... he does not have enough technique for #3.... and Rohit will fill the shoes of # 3/4 whenever it's vacant.....

    Till then, they can rotate Kohli and Sharma for that #6 spot... say if it's a 4 test series, Kohli gets 2 tests and Rohit gets 2 tests in that #6 spot.... let them choose which tests they want to play..... unless one of them is out of form.... because both deserve the test cap, but only one spot is vacant now.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Rohit reminds me of Mark Waugh; Especially those on drives, flicks and drives...... languid...... Kohli, especially when he pulls has a touch of Ponting in him... (his attitude also!) :)

    Kohli will be my # 6... he does not have enough technique for #3.... and Rohit will fill the shoes of # 3/4 when it's vacant.....

  • POSTED BY pk_brisbane on | December 6, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    @criketanand - you obviously dont know much abt cricket. both their attitudes are an example for all youngsters on the field. they hustle, are energetic and are consistent. you say their technique is poor, on what grounds have you said that, they have good footwork, good balance and a good eye. will they fail in aus? maybe, but thats part of their learning curve that will make they world beaters in years to come. they have earnt the right to be on that tour. as for your inference of attitude, if your referring to things off the field, who cares. dont be a hater, support the youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Indians depend too much on past RECORDS. Please forget about individual performances and records. Raina Rohit Sharna, Purja, Kohli are talented Raina and Kohli shd be in any Indian Team at present. Australian young fast bowlers are doing well. Australians do not play any passengers in the field. Vijay did very well against Australia at home he is a better bat than Gautam at present and a good fielder. No bad fielder can get into an Australian side. Compare the Average age of the Australians and Indians. Raina,Kohli and Rohit should be in any side as they save plenty of runs and rarely drop a catch. Vijay scored and ran out two good batters against Australia.

  • POSTED BY spookman on | December 5, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    'Not soft' runs?! You can't get much more soft than middle order ODI runs against the West Indies!

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    @Rumy1: How can you say that ashwin has been sorted out by west indies? He took 22 wickets against them recently. And on what basis you say harbhajan should be included in the team to australia?? He has never done well in australia. We need to backup these youngsters. Umesh is a good bowler. Our team is good. They will definitely win the series!!!

  • POSTED BY Criketanand on | December 5, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    neither virat kohli nor rohit sharma are going to succeed in Australia as both are bad at handling short balls. technically they are poor as well, but attitude wise they have too much attitude. rahane is actually a middle order batsman and should have been tried as no 6 in tests

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Here's a solution..outsource indian players to other teams... :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Currently Even if Bhajji is on the plane to Australia..he would be there to see the Specialist as he is injured. Some Shin issues. So...we have to persist with R. Ashwin. Anyways..we will be playing js the one Spinner in Australia at most of the venues. Apart frm Sydney and Adelaide maybe where we will need to include the Second Spinner. Ashwin is the attacking Spinner whereas Ojha is the more defensive one. Expect him to bottle one end up.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | December 5, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    we need to see Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav as regulars because they're extremely talented and goegeous :D i guess we need entertainment aswell as some eye candy :P

  • POSTED BY superkatakam on | December 5, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Sometime around 1996, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Mark Waugh had around 11 one day centuries each and they were considered the best batsmen in the world. They played over 100 one days by then. Kohli now played 72 matches and has 8 one day 100s to his name and he still is fighting for a place in the side. Unbelievable man!

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | December 5, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    What if Irfan does well in 2 ODIs. Will they fly him Down under. In that case who will he replace..Mithun? This is how our selectors unfortunately work. I think we are also being hyper over Yadav / Aron hitting above140 kmph. We forget that there are atleast 20 bowlers in Australian state teams who consistently bowl over140 kmph. Aussie batsmen are used to it. 140 kmph with little variation, swing and experienc is fodder for sweet timers like Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson.Let's keep focus on Zaheer and Ishant to deliver. And if they can have Irfan that suffices. Another missing name Harbhajan must be put on plane to Australia on Thursday to join Ojha. Ashwin-an avg offie looks sorted out already by lesser mortals like Bravo, Simmons, Rampaul, Russel. Likes of Ponting, Watson, Hussey and Clarke would be watching. We can imagine treatment of Ashwin at their hands.Jaffer must also be drafted in as No.2 opener as Gambhir is woefully out of form since '09. Rohit must play at No.6 in Tests

  • POSTED BY ani_cric on | December 5, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Its preferable to have both indian future young players. It is better for SRT to retire. SRT needs only prepared pitches that suits him. But SRT will never retire . So its for BCCI to push SRT. Dravid and Luxman are required as they play for country to save games but not SRT.

  • POSTED BY PradeepR on | December 5, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Wonder why Parthiv and Gambhir are in the Indian team based on recent performances. If they can't do well against West Indies under Indian conditions, what are they going to accomplish in Australia?

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    I think end of Australia tour is the right time for both Sachin and Dravid to hang up their boots. These youngsters need a chance to show what they are worth, we also have pujara in line for tests. Laxman, should go out at the end of next year, as we still need his special skills to bail the team out of rut. I am forever a big fan of Sachin, but now I don't miss his presence in the One day team as we look a solid unit, and pretty soon he will be dispensable for the test team as well, he should quit himself before BCCI nudges him out.

  • POSTED BY Evangelyst on | December 5, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    India future test batting line up - Mukund, Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Pandey

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | December 5, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Both are classy players, too bad that they have to fight for the same spot! The talk about looking for replacements for the seniors is always there, but are they retiring anytime soon?

  • POSTED BY the_Srikanth on | December 5, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    India should start thinking about a youngster capable of succeeding Dhoni after the 2015 World cup. The obvious contenders would be Virat, Raina and Rohit. In my opinion. Raina lacks the aggression required and does not have what it takes to make it to the playing X1 in test cricket. He is also not a very smart captain, but he might learn from Dhoni and come up the curve. Virat seems to have strong leadership skills. And he is aggressive. But then, he is aggressive. He reminds me of Punter in a lot of ways, but Punter's was controlled, well directed agression.You cannot have a hothead like him trying to manage the team in pressure situations. It is not easy to control your emotions and try to be someone else, so I dont think Kohli can change. Now Rohit has the calmness of MS Dhoni and the batting skills of a master craftsman. But is he a good leader? Well, you'll never know unless you start grooming him. Captaincy is not easy, not everyone is a mastermind and good taskmaster like MSD

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Why not play both of them and send the two clowns Shewag and Gambhir back to the IPL circus. After all getting shot of Bajji and Yuvraj did the team a world of good. These senior players are taking their places for granted and Gambhir once a dogged and determined player has got complacent after the easy picking of the IPL and Shewag treats every game as an ego trip.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | December 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    In this series the most notable thing is that only the players whose selection is on the line are performing. Surprising no commentators have picked up on this. Very poor attitude and team culture.

  • POSTED BY sbhusarapu on | December 5, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    With the kind of form Rohit and Kohli are in right now.. India should let both of them play in practice matches and if show the same form in Aussie pitches then both should be in starting 11. If it requires Sachin sitting out, lets be it. I don't see anyone else except Sachin in middle order out of form at this time. I am a great fan of Sachin but team comes before any individual player.

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Rohit has the experience in Ranji matches Virat`s time will come definitely He may have to wait But i feel Gambir should be left out if he is not in form

  • POSTED BY ILoveTestCricket on | December 5, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    It has to be Rohit for sheer class and technique...no bias against Virat..he too is good player to replace one of the remaining 3 stalwarts..but where is Chateswar Pujara?? He is too good batsman you want to ignore on your peril....

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Rohit is best choice than Virat Kohli

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Pujara,Kohli and Rohit are future no.3,4 and 5.Dhoni can bat at 6 and Jadeja at 7.Raina has still to sort his issues as a test batsman.

  • POSTED BY correctcall on | December 5, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Match Referee Boon needs to have a quiet chat with Kohli following his reaction to being given out LBW in the 3 rd ODI against the WI - most unsportsmanlike to abuse the umpire in that fashion. His card needs to be marked.

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | December 5, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Fine example of the Spirit of Cricket from Virat when given out LBW against wi in 3rd ODI (mouthing off at the umpire or were you mouthing off at Mr Srinivasan for not have DRS operating ?) Bring that attitude Down Under and the Aussies will love watching you take a sledging bait!

  • POSTED BY timtom on | December 5, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Rohit Rohit and Rohit must be selected for No 6...Sachin and Laxman rolled into one..classy, elegant and compelling stroke maker... So good to watch.. I was fan of Deccan CHargers just for this guy. How many matches he comes in at no 6 and pulls his team out of trouble...And as if gods listened to me, he moved to MI to play along with SACHIN. If he is remains disciplined, he is the next best thing in cricket for next 15 years.. Kohli is also superb.. He is the next Ponting in making or even better...

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | December 5, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    this is just a pointless debate..KOHLI needs to be in that test side to give stability he's a very versatile player and rohit should go along to australia as his back up incase kohli dosent do well in the first few matches..but im sure the nation like myself have faith in KOHLI..SIMPLY HANDSOME and TALENTED he is :D

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Why not Kohli in the place of Indian Ponting (i mean Gambhir). What was Gambhir's average in Tests over last 2 years ? i dont think he played any useful innings in that period. Rubbish discussion! India should include both of them.

  • POSTED BY saqskhan on | December 5, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    People says what will happen when Sachin, Dravid and Laxman retires from Tests matches,there are number of replacement for them...c below 1) Rohit Sharma 2) Virat Kohli 3) Suresh Raina 4) S.Badrinath 5) C.Pujara 6) A. Rayudu 7) Irfan Pathan My Future Test team:- 1) Sehwag 2) Gambhir 3) Kohli (In for Dravid) 4) Rohit (In for Sachin) 5) Raina (In for Laxman) 6) S. Badrinath 7) Dhoni 8) Irfan Pathan 9) Ashwin 10) Umesh Yadav 11) Zaheer Khan 12th Man V. Aaron Look at the team u have 9 players who can bat and 4 Frontline bowlers Irfan, Ashiwn, Umesh and Zaheer and 3 part-timers...Sehwag, Kohli and Raina.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | December 5, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow - for what? He had his chances and sorry to say he is just Ranji class. What we would like is Mukund to be groomed. He is just 21 and looks a class act.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | December 5, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Rohit was due to make his test debut ahead of Kohli..why do people forget that? He got injured that morning. He & Rahane can pull short balls and YES, Rohit has done that in Oz against Brett Lee at that in the ODIs a few years ago!! By the way, Yuvraj went to Australia WHEN IN FORM and failed miserably. He has too many weaknesses: short balls, swinging balls, great spinners. Even for ODIs (and for tests)< I would prefer Jadeja who is a better batsman, fielder and a much better bowler than Yuvraj and is younger by several years as well. No contest. Even after RD, SRT and VVS retire, Raina and Yuvraj should never again be considered for test matches, like Sreesanth and Munaf...just embarassing.

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    We do not have to worry about that spot. We can go for a team with 6 batsman, 2 spinners and 3 fast bowlers. Why don't we see Dhoni and Ashwin batting at no.6 and 7 respectively. It is a gamble but still worth trying. It allows MSD to field 5 proper bowlers. Rohit and Virat are future No.4 and No.3 players, It's unfortunate that both are fighting for one spot.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | December 5, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Against WI in WI, Virat did not handle the conditions well and failed in all the 3 tests and did not impress in the ODIs. Rohit Sharma was the stand-out player of the ODis. Rohit should have played the tests against WI in WI instead of the ridiculous decisions to play Badri, Vijay and even Raina and Kohli ahead of Rohit. Even in this innings, Rohit's was chanceless whereas Kohli was dropped on 24; if that chance had been taken, Kohli's praises would not have been sung. In the long run though, Rahane, Rohit & Virat and ready to replace the big 3: Dravid, SRT and VVS at 3, 4 and 5 batting spots. Then Jadeja should play at no 6 and provide a fifth bowler option which India needs because its bowling attack is not as good as its batting strength.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | December 5, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    To say Rohit plays short ball better than Virat is like being brainwashed by Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar. Remember who was successful in South Africa, Kohli or Rohit? I remember Rohit's batting against Morkel was like a tailender facing a fast bowler. Having said that I think Rohit has the better technique of the two and Virat has more will to succeed of the two. I would have preferred both of them playing against WI in the test series at home (unfortunately our old "great" batsmen had to practise against WI at home to get ready for Australia in Australia :) ) to judge them.

  • POSTED BY muski on | December 5, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @Biju- Good to see you think that Dravid will play till he is 42!!!!!. One can empathise with the selectors. While they would like to ease out the seniors in a phased manner, the issue is becoming extremely difficult with the excellent performance from all the 3 guys. Irrespective of success or failure, I would play Virat and Rohit in two tests each in Aus. If they are the so called fulcrum on Indian middle order in the years ahead, they need this exposure badly.

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | December 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Aftr DADA's retirement no.6 spot is still vacant...to be frank it doesn't seems to be good at all....we all knw that YUVI & RAINA had their chances bt both of them failed...now its the turn for Kohli & Rohit....both are promising & talented...Kohli has strong determination to succeed in international level...his NO.5 position in ODI rankings jus' suggest that.....he jus' want to continue his good form in test arena too which is a differnt ball game....he's a determinant guy,aggressive,an excellent fielder & also a slow medium pace bowler....but Rohit is much more talented than Kohli as of my concern...he's a rare talent who can pick the length & pace of the ball very well....also technically very strong too....Both Kohli & Rohit is in good form....but Rohit deserves that no.6 spot than Kohli as of my concern...

  • POSTED BY akashchandran on | December 5, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    The present selection policy gives players who are playing well in ODIs the first chance of earning a Test Cap. There are players who can excel in both formats of the game(like Sachin/Dravid) but there are also players especially batsmen who would be great Test players but would be only average ODI players(like Laxman) and average ODI batsmen cannot even make it to present Indian ODI squad. So when a Virat Kohli is given 3 Tests to prove himself in West Indies and fails, he again gets an oppurtunity consequent to some good ODI performances. Yuvraj and Raina were retained in Tests despite mediocre performances because in the interim period they were excelling in ODIs and it gave a hope that they may do well in Tests also. But players like Pujara(3 Tests, match winning 72 on debut) and Badrinath(2 Tests, 3 innings, one fifty) are given limited oppurtunities and discarded.

  • POSTED BY Riderstorm on | December 5, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    It is a no brainer actually, Virat will be chosen for the first test as there are no restrictions involved here. He performed well in the final test against WI, with his attitude if not the amount of runs he scored. More importantly, Dhoni believes in Virat. Period.!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    In fact More than Raina..i would prefer Rahane or Rayudu... Rayudu is Super Talented. We have some good talent as a back up for Big 4. Rohit, Virat, Pujara, Rayudu, Rahane and Raina. These are the Future of Indian Test Team. Pujara is already evoking comparisons with the WALL. Lets hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Rohit , Kohli and Pujara to be tested in test cricket. Especially with top test playing nations. One who has the talent will impress.It is very early to comment on who is the best

  • POSTED BY Khem on | December 5, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Kohli should be picked for few reasons. He has the right combination of talent, attitude, grit and hard work he has put into his game in last couple of years I feel like he will succeed in Australia and he is a terrific fielder unlike other new comers who drop dollies, he is damn good adds a lot to the total game. I wish there was statistics to measure how many runs one stops during fielding and they be added to his run score he will always score a fifty in a match.

    So Virat grab your opportunity with both hands and make most of it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    i think Pujara also deserves a cahnce alongwith Rohit

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | December 5, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    No wonder !! they both are future for IND in all formats.......but right now there is a fight for a place bc only no.6 is vacant in test team, i'm sure when seniors retire, in future we can see both playing in the XI !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    virat>rohit for simple reason dont go by those 2 pull shots against quick bowlers on quick wickets rohit was sitting duck in south africa only kohli stepped up made 2-3 fifties in that series

  • POSTED BY Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on | December 5, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    bring back badri, you selectorial nitwits!

  • POSTED BY Raju_Iyer on | December 5, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    TRAM, I take you up on your bet that SRT will not succeed in more than one innings in Australia. Please don't vanish later on, else we may have to put Sudhir Gautam on your trail!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | December 5, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    @spence1324 Another English fan trolling on forums where he does not belong. If you have watched the game, you would notice that they have not slogged at all. They were rotating the strike, thanks to the spread out filed courtesy of the ever-so-generous Sammy! And one more thing. This WI has put up a far more competetive effort than the SA "A" err English.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | December 5, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    @Ratna Praneeth Nutalapati Take off Raina from that list. He has proved himself misfit for tests.

  • POSTED BY anukrtiti on | December 5, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    its virat who should get chance............. i think he proved himself every time he got chances in every format of this game ......................................CRICKET.....................

  • POSTED BY cricket_is_religion on | December 5, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    oh oh this is quite confusing.both are good players.but when it comes to test both are inexperienced and yet to show their talents.we can expect 2 of them in IND colours as big IND guns decides to leave.but for now we can expect kohli,rohith and pujara as the IND test cricket future. its just my opinion.anyway whoever takes the chance wish them.

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    rohit -virat-pujara-raina are all talented and are all perfect replacements for sachin-dravid-sourav-laxman :-)

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    big guns like dravid, laxman and sachin will retire within 3 or 4 year. At that time we need like this players. so with rotation model they need to give chance good players like rohit and kohli and more other wise indian future ????????/

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    kohli can play better in 3rd and 4th postions only... but rohith can play in any slot.. so i prefer rohith for 6th position.. for that position batsman have to play with bowlers.. only experience person only can manage.. in first class cricket rohith has more experience than kohli.. and more over rohith has scored with an average of 63.52 coming to kohli 52.7..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | December 5, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    My vote for Rohit as he can be more handy in those conditions than Virat.. Too tough a decision to make this is.. I guess Virat is going to make it in first test as his ODI form will make it hard for the selectors/captain to opt for him.. Plus, he can bowl a couple of overs to rest the fast bowlers.. Who knows, he can strike like Mike Hussey..

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Our selectors are seriously jokers to say the least because these two players kohli and rohit should have played all three test matches against west indies . I wonder what made them select yuvraj singh ahead of these two players . Suresh raina and yuvraj singh are talented players , but they have played a lot of meaningless ODI cricket on some of the flattest of wickets which has made them kind of INSTINCTVE batsmen and they just don't know how to construst a test match inning . I hope these two kohli and sharma don't waste their talent like raina and yuvraj and thay go on and play more than 100 test matches.

  • POSTED BY abhi_cricinfo on | December 5, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Based on the ODI career: Virat Kohli - Ability to chase the target but can't set target but have and shows useless aggression sometimes. Rohit Sharma - Full of patience , can handle short ball and have ability to work with tail but have problem against swinging delivery . Both are good fielders but Rohit has never been tested in test , he should have given a chance in last test match against WI. Kohli will be a safe option for Aus tour but gambling with Rohit may pay off.

  • POSTED BY LivingDead on | December 5, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    @moBlue: U r incorrect. Pujara's debut was in Bangalore test which was against Australia not SA, in which he scored 70-odd to win the match.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 5, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    While this discussion is interesting, has anybody thought of Irfan Pathan bring the replacement for P.Kumar and what impact it might have on the final XI. India has always been looking for a seamer to occupy #7 spot. But because of non availability of a seamer all rounder, they settled for Yuvraj as the all rounder, even though he is a spinner not a seamer. Now with Irfan's emergence back in form,he is likely replacment for Kumar & the guy for #6 or7 spot. So the present debate is irrelevant. We all agree that both Kohli & Sharma are good & talented.But if Irfan is in the squad, he will most likely play in the XI along with 2 seamers - ZAK (if fit) and Ishant or Yadev. So India will have 3 seamers. This allows Dhoni to play either 2 spinners or1 spinner &1 batsman depending upon how the Pitch is. 2 spinners - Ojha & Ashwin is the winning combo because these guys are coming with 42 out of 60 wkts in WI test series.Aussies are weak against good spinners + lefties -India can have 3 in XI

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    Rohit seems to be technically better square of the wicket based on performance on Indian pitches. All the regular batsman will want to get some experience in the practice matches. So, maybe try Rohit first in the practice matches. If he fails, then Kohli .....

  • POSTED BY SanjivSanjiv on | December 5, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    As many are aware of the conditions of playing in Australia. My 20 years of watching cricket in Australia tells that THE MOST IMPORTANT TIMES DURING A DAY'S PLAY ARE: THE FIRST AND THE LAST HOUR OF THE DAY, WHEN INDIA IS BATTING AND AUSTRALIA IS BOWLING. Play these TWO hous with great confidence and postive attitude. First and the last hour of the day are the DEFINING MOMENTS to win the Test matches in Australia. Sanjiv Gupta, Perth, Australia.

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | December 5, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    play both Kohli and Rohit in first warmup game and choose one based on performance. Personally, I like Rohit as he's calm, technically better and patient batsman. Kohli is a bit flashy, more suited for ODI/T20.

  • POSTED BY marq7 on | December 5, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Some of you here are talking about how Rohit Sharma handled the short stuff in World Cup. The WC was played on the sub-continent. Let's see what happens on livelier and bouncier pitches in Australia. Australia will take that series (not walk-over by any means)

  • POSTED BY jaggi.jagan on | December 5, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    If you look at what these 2 both have to offer, I think Rohit could succeed. His biggest asset is his ability to play the ball very late which will keep him in good stead on bouncy Australian wickets. He reminds me so much of Inzamam with his natural ability, not trying to make any other comparisons between Rohit & Inzy beyond this. Kohli on the other hand has given enough evidence to make me feel that he may have a difficult time to cope up with the pace and bounce. However, I admire his grit and his ability to play big innings when needed. It does not matter who succeeds, both could have a long future if they continue to play well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 5, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Very people here realize that Rohit Sharma was the "only change in the 15" for the final test against WI just to make sure that he is automatically picked ahead of Pujara who had to prove his fitness at that time. Now articles like this are going a step ahead and promoting him ahead of Kohli. Kohli has done well in the previous test series against WI and should be automatic choice for No. 6.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    rohit & kohli both are tallented batsmans.but rohit is more tallented to compare with kohli.he is suitable person to dada spot.....

  • POSTED BY AncientAstronaut on | December 4, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Going by recent form and plain willingness to improve, Kohli deserves the spot. Sharma's talented, but very inconsistent.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Its a confusing choice. Really India is lucky to have two great players coming up at same time. Virat has good experience of being in team and playing on fast pitches but Rohit has better technique I guess. For me Virat is Dravid V.2 and Rohit well lets say right now shadow of sachin

  • POSTED BY dhiman2 on | December 4, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    miss dada. he would have been the ideal in australia,remember 144 at brisbane. and sourav also would do the third seamer's job so india could opt for another batsman. miss u dada.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | December 4, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Many of you guys have said that you would go with Rohit because he has the technique and can handle short balls. Kohli is slowly developing into a Test batsman and surely he deserves the no. 6 spot. He has scored runs by the bucketload in the one day format for the year 2011 and he scored two half-centuries in 1 test match vs WI (albeit he failed to finish the job which cost India the whitewash). Poor Yuvi has failed in the Test format after a stunning performance in the World Cup, hopefully he gets his chance in the one dayers. Dhoni needs to take his role as a test batsmen seriously, an average of less than 40 is no good against Australia. He should promote himself like he did in the WC final and maybe then he will score runs. Good luck India!

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    As many have pointed out, openers are the most important part of batting as they take the shine of the ball, tier the bowlers and demoralize them. The reverse is also true; if openers don't last then bowlers have their tails up and middle order has a more difficult task in hand. I think it is quite amazing how the questions are not yet being asked of our "dangerous" openers. No. 6 can save you a game and on occasion win it. Whereas openers make a huge difference. I would like to see an article where Sehwag and Gambhir are being asked questions on their form and what they are doing to improve it?

  • POSTED BY moBlue on | December 4, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    for my money, the #6 spot was - and still should be - pujara's, no questions asked, when he returns from injury! the dude proved himself against a marauding dale steyn and a tough morne morkel on a venomous track in SA in the second inning of his debut test after dale steyn had eaten him up for lunch in the first inning with an unplayable beauty. pujara has talent and temperament as he has shown already [against the oz at home as well before the SA tour]. yeah, yeah, kohli and rohit are talented, and especially kohli might - just might - have the temperament and grit needed to succeed in test cricket away from home [i doubt rohit does, based on what i have seen of all three of them so far], but for a man to be replacing the irreplaceable laxman at #6, my money would be on pujara.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Rohit just started performing, talent is only the beginning. kohli deserves it more. Let Rohit wait until another spot opens up. He can still play ODI's and get his average up to 40 something

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Rohit should get a chance to face the aussies before kohli. As Yuvraj singh famously said once, if Rohit does not make 8000-10000 test runs for team india, it will be a huge waste of talent. I am damn sure that both will play a lot of test matches together and will be involved in innumerable important partnerships like dravid and laxman.

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | December 4, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Can they play 'test' cricket? because no amount of 'slogging' will help them in Australia!

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    rohit is far better (young )batsman than anyother batsman in the world kholi didnt perform in england and u expecting runs from him in australia remember england pitches(over pitch bowling ) are easy for desi batsman than australian pitches (short pitches bowling) rohit played some good inng in aus 2008

    please guys dont even try to compare rohit sharma any other batsman people who understand cricket dosnt like this

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | December 4, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    @S.Jagernath....Badrinath is from Tamilnadu hence we wont be given extended chances like rest of the country couterparts.

    Unless he is from mumbai he cannot expect to be recalled for National duty.

  • POSTED BY knan on | December 4, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    I hope Rohit gets his chance in the test squad and seals his place with a good performance. He is a class act and is well placed to take over VVS' role in the team. He seems to be very determined after his latest comeback and looks to make it count every time he goes out to bat. He also has all the shots in the book unlike Virat.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 4, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    for India to succeed in Australia, openers have to give India good, solid start, if Sehwag and Gambhir have a good series with big runs, India would put more than 400 runs on the board more often

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    I really don't understand what special rohit has done to deserve such praise? I agree he has more talent than Virat but he lacks the temperament. Talent doesn't make a player great, hardwork does. Virat has consistency and he's eager to improve on his mistakes, rohit lacks this intensity and attitude, my nod definitely goes to Virat given his hunger for runs, all the best MSD, you have a tough job ahead!!

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 4, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Gambhir needs to score some big runs in the series ahead of all important Australian series, he desperately need to have long innings under his belt, he has to play proper drives and flicks more often, rather than pokes and slashes through slips and gully. he has to play more shots down the ground rather than hitting them in the air. he has to start scoring hundreds again rather than 20s and 30s and try to win back test cricketer of the year award again.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 4, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina needs to score some big runs in the series ahead of all important Australian series, they need to have long innings under their belt, and have to stop throwing away their wicket after getting a start

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Indians are too afraid to give their youngsters any chance........and when they give the test cap to a youngster( which is by the time no more a youngster) he has lost confidence in his abilities and is of no use to the team anymore

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 4, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the future of Indian cricket. if they can keep their head on their shoulder, and don't let their head get too big in the stardum, and continue with the hard work in practice sessions and fitness training, they have long long international career ahead of them. but if they let their focus shift they can pretty quickly disappear like very talented Irfan pathan did

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Both of them deserve that place for australia tour. But i fear that ours openers Sehwag and Gambhir are not touch. Without their good form it will be really a tough series !!!!!!!!!!!! So they need to get runs in the rest mathes vs Westindies to regain form................

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 4, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    when the big 3 retire eventually, Ajinkye Rahane, Pujara, Kohli and Rohit Sharma should make 3, 4, 5, 6 position respectively. they are future of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | December 4, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    my vote for no. 6 spot would go to Kohli as he is lot more serious about his cricket, i am sure he would take up this challenge and score some big runs against Aussies, Rohit no doubt has enormous talent but here n there he plays loose shots and throws his wicket away, he has to concentrate harder

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Rohit should get d chance in australia..........bcoz mentally rohit is matured than virat. One thing, i fear that our openers(Sehwag n Gambhir) are not in form.......

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    I love Sid's language. As rhythmic as a music. Magic created with words. Looking forward for more from you Sid. All the best.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | December 4, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Who says Kholi is a 'suspect' against short pitched balls? There is no suspect, He would be utter failure against short pitched stuff in Aus. Of course Raina also would fail. Rohit & Mukund are the only two youngsters who play the short pitched balls ok (just ok, not great) among all the youngsters. If only Rohit runs between the wkts well and doesn'r run out his partners, he would be my first choice in the middle order. India must take Mukund as the spare opener, he is better than Gambhir in short pitched balls. Only strong backfoot players like Mukund, VVS, RD can succeed in Aus. I bet SRT will not succeed in more than one innings in Aus.

  • POSTED BY VVS_a_class_act on | December 4, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Rohith is better option for No.6 at this moment because 1. He has better technique than Virat in handling short balls. 2. He has the experience in playing at typical OZ pitches last time India toured. The Indian test team after three/four years may look like 1.Abinav Mukund 2. Mandeep Sing (Playing for Punjab, averages more than 65 in his 11 first class games, definitely future prospect) 3. C.Pujara 4. Rahane 5. Virat 6.Rohith(Though he is more suitable at no4 but much needed at no 6 like VVS) 7. Dhoni 8.Aswin 9. Ishant 10.Umesh 11.Praveen/Aron 12.Rahul/Ojha Not sure about Gambhir's from and fitness so excluded.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | December 4, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    I can't understand why the young Indian cricketers do not try to play English County Cricket.Playing in England has helped Dravid,Tendulkar,Zaheer Khan and all the rest that have played there.Their coaches are very good & work hard with players and their techniques.If the young Indian players are going to do well in Australia,England & South Africa,county cricket is a must.Cheteshwar Pujara should not rush his comeback,he should rather join the English when their season begins.India have Ajinkya Rahane,Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma,who seem to be comfortable againt fast short pitched bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    gi.gos...........wat bad has badrinath done????

  • POSTED BY gi.gos on | December 4, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    For long term point,we need to look at specialist palyers for Specilist Positions Below is the list of players fighting for places Openers - Rahane & mukund or pandey (Because of Better Technic), Ist Down - Pujara or Pandey or Kohli, 2nd Down - Rohit or pandey or rayudu or tiwary 3rd Down - rayudu or Pandey or Rohit or Pujara or tiwary 4th Down - Kohli or Pandey or raina or tiwary

  • POSTED BY Vivekn on | December 4, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    I would like to see Rohit...He has all the shots in the book...specially the pull shot..we can how quickly he gets into that position...I will vote for Rohit..

  • POSTED BY gi.gos on | December 4, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Keeping in mind of Ipl,injuries & Retirments of Fab 3, we need to have a pool of ten batsmen So that we can accomodate them when required. Players :Sehwag,gambhir,rahane(backup opener),mukund (backup opener),pujara,pandey,rayudu,rohit,kohli,raina,tiwary

  • POSTED BY gi.gos on | December 4, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    For long term point,we need to look at specialist palyers for Specilist Positions Below is the list of players fighting for places Openers - Rahane & mukund or pandey (Because of Better Technic), Ist Down - Pujara or Pandey or Kohli, 2nd Down - Rohit or pandey or rayudu , 3rd Down - rayudu or Pandey or Rohit or Pujara, 4th Down - Kohli or Pandey or raina.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | December 4, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Both are exciting batting talent but Aussies have discovered their own new even more exciting fast bowling talent in Cummins, Pattinson and Strac. They are tall, young and fast. Even Siddle was bowling 145-150 km/h yesterday and reached to 153 km/h. That all makes this series one to watch even for a non-indian, non-australian guy like me. While Tendulkar,VVS and Dravid have faced and won many battles like this, it will be a real test for Rohit and Kohli. Rohit seems to be better equiped for the test ahead but I have my doubts over Kohli's ability to handle the hot stuff awaiting for them in Australia. I am sure Rohit will be prefered over Kohli for this very reason. From Australia, I'm expecting Khwaja will do good. With the "pakistani genes" he is carrying, he should be good gainst the spinners and should raise his game particlularly agaisnt the "old enemy".

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    I want to see Virat in playing 11 in Australia.............He is awsome

  • POSTED BY gi.gos on | December 4, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Keeping in mind of Ipl,injuries & Retirments of Fab 3, we need to have a pool of ten batsmen So that we can accomodate them when required.Below is the list of talanted players in India. Players :Sehwag,gambhir,rahane(backup opener), mukund (backup opener),pujara,pandey,rayudu,rohit,kohli,raina

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Good luck to Kohli and Rohit. I hope Raina gets into form so they can be the "3 Youngsters again". I hope all 3 of them make atleast a centuury and for Tendulkar to make his 100th century!

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | December 4, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I will like to see ROHIT SHARMA against the OZ attack as he is calm in the field and does not lose the composure even when he is being sledged by the opposition. Virat on the other hand is emotional and will instantly loose temper on these tactics. However it is always better to have him as the 12th man as he can bat at any position starting from 3 to 7. Hence injuries will not be a major concern for TEAM INDIA down under

  • POSTED BY anand32026 on | December 4, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    I think Sharma is perfect for no.6 bec's he has ability to stay creez on long time..he has also experinced in Aus.other side kohli losses on short deliveys and ply fast..so rohit is strong candidate

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | December 4, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    I will like to see Rohit Sharma against the Aussies attack,especially b'coz he is calm in the field and won't show emotions even when he is being sledged by the Oz bowlers. Virat on the other hand is quick tempered and so vulnerable to those kind of tactics. However it is always good to have him as a replacement to any injured player as he can bat at any position, starting from 3 to 7. So injuries will not be a major concern for TEAM INDIA down under.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Rohit Sharma ! The perfect find for Indian Cricket. Rohit didnt repeat his mistake of first ODI and stayed there till India wins. This is the maturity. In second match as he arrived, clever Rampaul rightly targeted him as Rohit got a blow on the same finger he suffered in England. In England he was helpless. But yesterday within 3 deliveries he threw Rampaul over squareleg for a class six. This is the toughness. After this Rampaul never bowled any bouncer to him. I think amongst all three, Rohit, Virat & Suresh, Rohit is handling short rising delivery more comfortably. I remember in last T20 worldcup, Rohit handled Australian fast bowlers very easily. He hit sixes to all Australian pacers like Bowlinger, Nanus, Johnson, Watson etc. In that match every Indian batsmen suffered againt short ball. Now Rohit has to maintain this concistancy. He has done all the hard work. Gained the place for him in Indian squad. All the best Rohit. Keep it on !

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Wow.. How long will it take for someone to replace him.. Nothing wrong in calling him as DADA.. Miss you DADA..:)

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Now its time to groom these player for test matches. I would like to have Pujara as well in this list. He can be ideal for no 3 once Rahul retire. You cant experiment no. 6 spot with Youraj & Raina because they are not ideal to take no 3 to 5 spot in future. You need to have someone playing in no 6 who can take no 3 to 6 and replace player likes Rahul, Sachin & VVS after their retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Good article and I agree with all the points. Rohit Sharma should make it because he has a better technique of playing short pitch stuff. Virat Kohli is still a suspect against good short pitch bowling. He was in trouble in the last one day as well and merely missed being adjudged caught behind on a bouncer. Even Ajinkya Rahane played some good hooks and pulls in the short stint he has had Australia might be weaker but they look what they did to NewZealand with a totally new pace attack

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Both are very talented players but In Australian condition Rohit has good candidate than Virat. He has good technique. All the best for both.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | December 4, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    I wouldn't give these two much hope! I've seen the story of youngsters flourishing in India and struggling abroad so many times in Indian cricket. Even the exposure of Kohli in West Indies and the struggle of Rohit in South Africa has given me the hint,let's see how the plot works out in Australia!

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | December 4, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    I wish Dada should come back from the retirement. He is still the best no 6 for India.

  • POSTED BY monisammy on | December 4, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    VIRAT & ROHIT ARE 2 IDEAL BATSMEN FOR TEST.. I HOPE TO SEE RAINA & RAHANE ALSO IN THE FUTURE TEST TEAMS FOR INDIA... BUT COMING TO ODI'S I FEEL RAINA IS A BETTER PLAYER THAN ROHIT. ROHIT IS A VERY POOR RUNNER BETWEEN THE WICKETS, AVERAGE FIELDER AND A BATSMAN WHO DOES NOT HAVE A VERY ATTRACTIVE STRIKE RATE. LUCKILY FOR HIM IN THE LAST 2 ODI'S THEY WERE NOT UNDER MUCH PRESSURE WHLE CHASING..(ESP IN 2ND ODI WHERE KOHLI WAS BATTING SO WELL AT THE OTHER END).. THE FACTOR IS THAT BECAUSE HE COMES AHEAD OF RAINA HE HAS LOT OF TIME TO SETTLE DOWN, BUT PEOPLE LIKE DHONI & RAINA DONT HAVE MUCH TIME WHEN THEY COME TO CREASE, SO THEY HAVE TO GO FOR THEY HAVE TO GO FOR THE SHOTS AS SOON AS THEY COME IN)..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 4, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    While there is too much focus on #6 spot, the top 2 spots #'s 1 & 2 are being repeatedly ignored by India.Gambhir & Sehwag must open the innings and get big opening partnership. India's batting cannot function till these 2 guys are in form. This should be the main focus. The way pattinson demolished NZ at Brisbane on Day 4, it should be considered especially when the Indian openers are failing even against WI on easy paced pitches.The Fab 3 normally function well when the openers give a good start as evident from England tour.Kohli & Rohit may be competing for #6 spot but equally important are the other 5 batsmen. India is taking too much for granted & getting ahead of the problems.As for the #6 spot,both Kohli & Rohit are good & capable of fitting in.They must stay in form & the final decision is up to Dhoni.He may prefer to play an all rounder at that spot.The poor form of Gambhir & Sehwag is far more important factor than getting distracted with a non factor- #6 spot!Focus on 1&2.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | December 4, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    without a shadow of doubt kohli needs to be in the test side..when he goes out to bat be it in a test, ODI or 20/20 i feel secure at heart that he'll do well to anchor the innings, he is soo versatile and a class act..whereas for yuvraj and raina they are ODI players and very good at it but in test matches they're not as good and i dont have faith in them when they go out to bat in tests..as for rohit he's got alot more to prove as he hasnt been playing much at international level. KOHLI defo deserves a test spot and with God's grace is going to be the future sachin tendulkar! :D

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | December 4, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Why is it a dilema? Take both of them if the team management think they're good enough. I however would prefer to give Raina another chance.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    i hope that both of them get a chance if Dhoni rotates them.. if someone from the three RD-ST-laxman gets injured both of them could play.. If i had to pick one of them against Australia i would pick Rohit over virat just because virat find's it hard to play short ball jsut as we saw in West indies earliers where as Rohit is our one of the best batsmen against Fast bowling. Virat has only played against 1 opposition he has never played against Australia in Australia and rohit has played before and has scored handsomely in the 1st final with ST

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | December 4, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    You guys always tried to put Yuviraj there. But rohit was available all time, no one given chance. Still you are counting Kohli is right one, this is wrong. Make Rohit there then Kohli can follow.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Both are awesome players with great techniques and the fact that both of them are in form besides riding high on confidence augurs well for India.The conditions in Australia take a while to adapt but hopefully,these two will learn quickly.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Both are awesome players with great techniques and the fact that both of them are in form besides riding high on confidence augurs well for India.The conditions in Australia take a while to adapt but hopefully,these two will learn quickly.

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | December 4, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    You guys always tried to put Yuviraj there. But rohit was available all time, no one given chance. Still you are counting Kohli is right one, this is wrong. Make Rohit there then Kohli can follow.

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    i hope that both of them get a chance if Dhoni rotates them.. if someone from the three RD-ST-laxman gets injured both of them could play.. If i had to pick one of them against Australia i would pick Rohit over virat just because virat find's it hard to play short ball jsut as we saw in West indies earliers where as Rohit is our one of the best batsmen against Fast bowling. Virat has only played against 1 opposition he has never played against Australia in Australia and rohit has played before and has scored handsomely in the 1st final with ST

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | December 4, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Why is it a dilema? Take both of them if the team management think they're good enough. I however would prefer to give Raina another chance.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | December 4, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    without a shadow of doubt kohli needs to be in the test side..when he goes out to bat be it in a test, ODI or 20/20 i feel secure at heart that he'll do well to anchor the innings, he is soo versatile and a class act..whereas for yuvraj and raina they are ODI players and very good at it but in test matches they're not as good and i dont have faith in them when they go out to bat in tests..as for rohit he's got alot more to prove as he hasnt been playing much at international level. KOHLI defo deserves a test spot and with God's grace is going to be the future sachin tendulkar! :D

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | December 4, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    While there is too much focus on #6 spot, the top 2 spots #'s 1 & 2 are being repeatedly ignored by India.Gambhir & Sehwag must open the innings and get big opening partnership. India's batting cannot function till these 2 guys are in form. This should be the main focus. The way pattinson demolished NZ at Brisbane on Day 4, it should be considered especially when the Indian openers are failing even against WI on easy paced pitches.The Fab 3 normally function well when the openers give a good start as evident from England tour.Kohli & Rohit may be competing for #6 spot but equally important are the other 5 batsmen. India is taking too much for granted & getting ahead of the problems.As for the #6 spot,both Kohli & Rohit are good & capable of fitting in.They must stay in form & the final decision is up to Dhoni.He may prefer to play an all rounder at that spot.The poor form of Gambhir & Sehwag is far more important factor than getting distracted with a non factor- #6 spot!Focus on 1&2.

  • POSTED BY monisammy on | December 4, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    VIRAT & ROHIT ARE 2 IDEAL BATSMEN FOR TEST.. I HOPE TO SEE RAINA & RAHANE ALSO IN THE FUTURE TEST TEAMS FOR INDIA... BUT COMING TO ODI'S I FEEL RAINA IS A BETTER PLAYER THAN ROHIT. ROHIT IS A VERY POOR RUNNER BETWEEN THE WICKETS, AVERAGE FIELDER AND A BATSMAN WHO DOES NOT HAVE A VERY ATTRACTIVE STRIKE RATE. LUCKILY FOR HIM IN THE LAST 2 ODI'S THEY WERE NOT UNDER MUCH PRESSURE WHLE CHASING..(ESP IN 2ND ODI WHERE KOHLI WAS BATTING SO WELL AT THE OTHER END).. THE FACTOR IS THAT BECAUSE HE COMES AHEAD OF RAINA HE HAS LOT OF TIME TO SETTLE DOWN, BUT PEOPLE LIKE DHONI & RAINA DONT HAVE MUCH TIME WHEN THEY COME TO CREASE, SO THEY HAVE TO GO FOR THEY HAVE TO GO FOR THE SHOTS AS SOON AS THEY COME IN)..

  • POSTED BY rustyryan on | December 4, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    I wish Dada should come back from the retirement. He is still the best no 6 for India.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | December 4, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    I wouldn't give these two much hope! I've seen the story of youngsters flourishing in India and struggling abroad so many times in Indian cricket. Even the exposure of Kohli in West Indies and the struggle of Rohit in South Africa has given me the hint,let's see how the plot works out in Australia!

  • POSTED BY on | December 4, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Both are very talented players but In Australian condition Rohit has good candidate than Virat. He has good technique. All the best for both.