Virat Kohli, the Indian Test captain, has played 97 matches. He will complete 100 Tests in the upcoming tour of South Africa.

After the World Test Championship debacle, India will take on England in the upcoming five-match Test series against England. The English conditions will test the Indian batsmen. In this regard, the role of the openers will be important.

Saba Karim, India’s former wicket-keeper, feels Rohit Sharma will have to play the role of a mentor in the Test series. According to him, Rohit has enough experience to see off the new ball and not put pressure on the other batters.

“Talking to him [Rohit] is very necessary as he has to play a mentor’s role for the other new openers coming in. The conditions are tough there for batting and if you have an opening partnership there and your top-order clicks, you create a brilliant platform to put up a big score,” Karim said on India News.

“Rohit Sharma has got a different role for Team India in the last one to one-and-a-half years. I feel they have made a core group of leaders, where captain Virat Kohli is right at the top, after that vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and after that definitely if someone’s name comes, it is Rohit Sharma.”

“A lot here depends on Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara – how these three batsmen catch form in the upcoming series. We all know that in his elegance, Rohit Sharma is the best batsman in the world. He was definitely struggling in Test cricket if we talk about it sometime back but now he has stamped his authority in Test cricket. He is a special player as an opener, when he plays he can take the match away for the opposition in a matter of moments,” Karim added.

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