Sources from visakhapatnam stated that one day big hitter rohit Sharma will stake a claim to become India's first-choice opening Test batsman when they start a series against south africa on Wednesday looking for a record breaking win. Meanwhile victory in the three match series would see india break the record of 10 straight home series wins they currently hold with Australia.
Furthermore much focus in the first Test in visakhapatnam will be on the 32 year-old Sharma a star of India's limited over’s teams as well as skipper of the mumbai Indians who won this year's Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Reportedly Sharma has not been a Test regular, however. The last of his 27 Test caps since 2013 was in australia last year and currently he has a new chance, replacing the out of form lokesh Rahul, as the opening positions remain a problem for India.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said of Sharma "He has worked so hard and if he gets an opportunity, I am sure he will do well and we all know the quality he has. He is simply special." Moreover the new Sharma experiment has had a disastrous start, however he was dismissed for a duck on the second ball he faced in a practice game against the south Africans. india batting great V.V.S. Laxman said Sharma needs to stick to his natural flair while opening in the longer format.