New Delhi: It's too early to judge Rohit Sharma's Test career as he is just nine matches old. After nine Test he has more than a decent average of 40.71, with the help of two centuries and one fifty.
However, his average should not be made the yardstick to judge his overseas performances.
In his case, one can say that averages can be deceptive as well. He played just two Test on home soil and made two hundreds against below par bowling line up of West Indies.
Indian middle-order batsman's overseas Test record, thus far, isn't that impressive, it's rather disappointing. He scored mere 282 runs in 14 innings.
Expectations were high from the Mumbai lad after he scored a record breaking ODI double ton against Sri Lanka on his return form injury. But in the first two Test against Australia at Adelaide and Brisbane, where one good knock from the right-hander could have changed the course of the game, Rohit failed to deliver.
In the first innings of both the Tests, he got starts but failed to convert them.
At a time when batsmen like Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha and Naman Ojha are warming the bench in Australia, it's obvious that Rohit's poor performance would only get criticism from everyone.
Sharma should understand that Ravinder Jadeja too can play the kind of knocks, he has played in the last two innings. In fact, the bowling all-rounder has proved his batting prowess many a times in the longest format of the game.
The 27-year-old from Mumbai has the technique to flourish in the five-day games, but he is missing the golden opportunities by poor shot selection, poor approach and lack of determination.
With the tourists already 2-0 down in the four-match series, it's high time India give chance to the batsmen who have been on the side lines.