India vs England: Team India’s opening batsman Rohit Sharma has been reckoned as the stalwart of the side for over a decade now. The opener has had a successful run in the limited-overs format since 2013 when he was promoted as the opener. While the story is not similar to the test format. Interestingly, this is the only second time when Rohit Sharma has played six test matches in a row.
Back in late 2013 and early 2014, Rohit Sharma played consistent test games. He played two tests against West Indies, and two -two against South Africa and New Zealand. However, he has been in and out of the Indian test side.
Many former cricketers thought that the cricketer will replace Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid who had dominated the 22 yards for over two decades before that.
First two tons for Rohit Sharma came in his first two tests against West Indies while the next ton took four years to come.
Re-discovering Rohit Sharma in Tests:
However, after benching the whole Australia tour in 2018 and 2019, Sharma was given the opportunity to open in the test games too. Playing against South Africa in the opening slot, Sharma amassed big tons to ring the bells of the management. He even managed to score his first double century in the same series.
But this was not enough for the opener to cement his place as his overseas performance was yet to be calculated. Due to the injury he missed out of the first two tests against Australia but did everything to be available for the last two.
Although he could not get big scores in the series, he managed to get India off to a perfect start in the last two test games. That series cemented the place of the opener.
Right now, with the current test series going-on, Rohit Sharma is the leading run-scorer for India against England with 304 runs. He is just behind Joe Root, 338 runs. He can easily overtake the visiting skipper in the ongoing test match.
Playing two tests in Australia and four consecutive against England, Rohit Sharma has played six test matches in a row for India. Also, this time he has cemented his place in the playing 11 and has made himself as the key player.