#IndiaInAustralia: Dada backs Rohit to be included in Test squadLast updated on Oct 23, 2018, 07:44 pm
Rohit Sharma may be enjoying the form of his life in ODI cricket, but the senior Indian cricketer has often been overlooked for the longest format.
After playing against South Africa earlier this year, Rohit was dropped from the squad and didn't feature against Afghanistan, England and West Indies.
However, he has received support from former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Here's what Ganguly said.
Rohit's failure in SA resulted in him being axed
The Indian management is keen to have players in the Test side, who can do well overseas.
This saw the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay getting dropped, after they failed in South Africa and in England.
Rohit, who could manage just 78 runs in two Tests against Proteas, is deemed unfit for this format.
This is why he has been overlooked.
This is what Dada said about Rohit
Former skipper Ganguly has come out in support of Rohit.
"He has gained confidence in his game with time. In captaincy too, he has proved his mettle. This is the time for the selectors to take Rohit along on the Australian tour for the Test series. He has matured a lot in last two years," Dada told India TV.
What's the scenario at the moment?
India generally go in with five premier batsmen, one all-rounder and four bowlers in Tests outside Asia.
Right now, the middle-order is packed with Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant comes in at number 6. Even if selected, Rohit is unlikely to get a spot in Playing XI.
In terms of depth, India have Vihari as cover.
Can Rohit stake a claim?
India are likely to give extra spots to middle-order batsmen, who can be ready when called upon as replacements.
Vihari is one, but there is doubt, at the moment, regarding the other choice.
Karun Nair warmed the bench for several Tests before being dropped against West Indies.
It remains to be see whether Nair is called upon or Rohit gets the nod.
Rohit's performances in SENA has been dismal
Rohit has 1,479 runs from 25 Tests. He averages 39.97 and has three hundreds to his name.
Interestingly, none of these have come outside the subcontinent.
His average in SENA countries is disappointing. He has managed only 452 runs across 10 Tests.
Dada had earlier tweeted when the squad was named for the two Tests against WI. He was surprised as Rohit was overlooked.
What's in store for Rohit?
India are likely to go in with a 18-member squad against Australia, later this year.
There is a slight possibility of Sharma making the cut.
His performances in ODIs can aid his chances.
If he does make it, then he will have to wait for breaking into the starting XI.
Rohit playing a Test, depends on external factors and form of other players.