IND vs SA Test series: Sunil Gavaskar anticipates that Kohli and Rohit will score a tonne of runs

Rohit Sharma

Sunil Gavaskar anticipates that Kohli and Rohit will score a tonne of runs in the Ind vs SA Test series.


The first Test between India and South Africa begins today, December 26, at Centurion. As the series progresses, Kohli and Rohit will take on the role of advising and managing the relatively young Indian batting team. Meanwhile, experienced players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane will be resting. It will be exciting to see how the Indian team performs in this series. During an interview on Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar said that,

“They are experienced batters, who are coming after playing everywhere, so I expect them to score lots of runs in these two Test matches. Not only because they have got so much talent, but this time around, I think the South African attack does not have that edge.” he further added

“With the absence of Nortje, with the likely absence of Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, the South African attack looks a little bit short on experience, I am not saying short of class. So I feel these two batters will score lots of runs and help the Indian team post a big score.”


In response to a question concerning Rohit Sharma’s greatest obstacle as a player and a captain going in to the Test series, Sunil Gavaskar said,

“First and foremost, the challenge would be to get your mental state into a Test match situation. He has been batting in the ODI format where he had decided that he was going to be playing the attacking role and try and score as many runs as possible in the first 10 overs of field restrictions.”

“He will have to change the approach completely for Test cricket because he will have to think in terms of batting the whole day. If he bats the whole day, then, clearly with the range of shots that he has got, he will be able to end up with 180 or 190 not out at the end of the day and India will be 300-plus.”

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