'Rohit Sharma will have to': Sunil Gavaskar's crucial advice for India captain | cricket

Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes an in-form Rohit Sharma can give India a winning start against England in the upcoming Test series. After touring South Africa for a two-Test series, India will host five red-ball matches against England in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship cycle. Experienced opener Rohit returned to top form in the recently concluded Afghanistan series.

Gavaskar gave important advice to Rohit ahead of England series (ANI-HT)

The Indian captain smashed a record fifth century and helped India win the double Super Over thriller against the Asian giant killers. With a five-match Test series set to be India's next high-profile assignment, Gavaskar wants Rohit to lead the Asian giants from the front. The batting legend recalled Rohit's Chennai masterclass against England and supported the veteran captain in supporting the middle-order batsmen of the Indian team.

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Rohit showed how to bat on spin-friendly pitches

“Rohit, the batsman, the way he batted in the Chennai Test, he hit a hundred and it was a very good hundred. He showed how to bat on spin-friendly pitches. If he continues to bat like this, India will definitely be off to a good start. And it can make life easier for the No. 3 and No. 4 batsmen,” Gavaskar said Star sports.

Rohit needs to use his bowlers cleverly

Rohit's Team India will face England in the Test series opener at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. Gavaskar also gave Rohit advice ahead of the Hyderabad series opener. “As captain, Rohit Sharma has to use his bowlers smartly. Normally there are not enough turn-off offers in Hyderabad. So if England bat first and get off to a successful start by lunch, we will have to see how he uses his bowlers to judge him,” Gavaskar added.

Rohit's Test record against England at home

Indian captain Rohit has scored 747 runs in 9 home Tests against England. Rohit averages almost 50 (49.80) at home against England. The opening match in India has two centuries and three half-centuries against Ben Stokes and Co. in India. In total, Rohit has played 54 Tests and amassed 3738 runs for India. Skipper Rohit was the second highest run-getter when England toured India for a four-match Test series. The 36-year-old hit 345 runs at an average of 57.50. The opening game against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai saw a memorable 161 against England.