Veteran India off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh has backed Rohit Sharma, who is still recovering from his hamstring injury, to score heaps of runs in the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, starting from December 17.

Describing the Indian opener as a very important player in the absence of skipper Virat Kohli, Harbhajan stated if the Hitman manages to stay at the crease for first five overs, then it would be difficult for the Australian bowlers to take his wicket and stop him from ticking the scoreboard.

Rohit's Test career saw a major turnaround last year when he replaced KL Rahul in the opening slot in the series against South Africa. The 33-year-old batsman smashed back-to-back centuries in the Vizag Test before scoring his maiden double hundred in the final Test of the three-match series in Ranchi.

Speaking to Sports Tak, Harbhajan said, “Rohit is a quality player. Expectations from him will be high, fans will be hoping he scores as many runs in Australia as he did in Test cricket as an opener on home soil last year.”

“If he stays at the crease for the 5 overs then dismissing him or even stopping him becomes very difficult because he is a dangerous player.”

The 40-year-old experienced bowler even compared the Mumbai stalwart with the legendary batsman Virender Sehwag. He feels that Rohit has the ability to give India brisk starts in Tests just like Viru used to do during his heydays.

“India can expect quick runs from Rohit, just like Sehwag did for the team as an opener. Rohit is a very important player for the team.”

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