Rohit out for 0 in his 1st match as red-ball opener

Vastavam web: Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck in his first match as a red-ball opener on Saturday. Sharma, who is the skipper of Board’s President XI was dismissed on day three of the practice match against South Africa. He was sent back to the pavilion by Vernon Philander in the second over of Board President’s XI innings. The match between Board President’s XI and South Africa is the only practice match ahead of the series between Proteas and India.

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir also vouched for Sharma opening the batting in the Test format and said that the batsman is too good a player to be sitting on the bench. “If a player scores 5 hundred in the World Cup, then he should be given a chance in the Test format. If he is in the Test team, then he must play. A player like should him not warm the bench,” Gambhir had said. Ahead of the series against South Africa, India got a major setback as pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the series due to a minor stress fracture in his lower back.