India tour of Australia: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that Rohit Sharma should open with Mayank Agarwal in the third Test in Sydney.

Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal opened for India during home series vs South Africa. (Courtesy by BCCI)


  • Sunil Gavaskar backed Rohit Sharma to open in the 3rd Test vs Australia
  • Gavaskar wants Rohit and Mayank Agarwal to open for India in 3rd Test
  • Agarwal has shown a very good temperament in the last year-and-a-half: Gavaskar

Batting great Sunil Gavaskar has backed Rohit Sharma to open alongside Mayank Agarwal, who has struggled in the ongoing Test series, in the third Test vs Australia in Sydney.

Gavaskar believes Agarwal should be given another chance and should not be dealt with harshly because of his recent failures. Mayank Agarwal has failed to live up to expectations, having scored only 31 runs in four innings of the Border Gavaskar series.

“Mayank Agarwal has shown a very good temperament in the last year-and-a-half. Look at the way he has batted against South Africa, these are difficult times and every batsman goes through a lean patch. I would not be harsh on him and I will give him another go,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.

Rohit Sharma is likely to complete his quarantine period on Tuesday following which he will be allowed to train with the rest of the squad in Melbourne. With 8 more days to go for the 3rd Test, Rohit may have adequate time to get back into the groove and be back in competition for the opener’s role.

“Let Rohit and Mayank open in the third Test match. This is what I would think. This is up to Mayank now, to try and curtail the backlift and maybe narrow that stance that he has and look to be better. At one stage it looked like he would be the fastest Indian to get Test 1000 runs but he hasn’t got because he is playing against fabulous new ball bowlers of Australia,” Gavaskar added.

The third Test between India and Australia will be played in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 7.

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