West Indies vs India: Should India replace Rohit Sharma with Cheteshwar Pujara for 4th Test?

Having replaced Cheteshwar Pujara for the 3rd Test (who was a part of the team in first two tests) against the West Indies, Sharma managed to score just 9 and 41 in the two innings.

Updated: Aug 17, 2016, 17:09 PM IST
West Indies vs India: Should India replace Rohit Sharma with Cheteshwar Pujara for 4th Test?

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Believed to be a potential game-changer for the Indian side, Rohit Sharma has defied all odds when it comes to delivering for his country.

The talented Mumbai batsman ceaselessly delivers for the Indian team in limited overs cricket.

Having replaced Cheteshwar Pujara for the 3rd Test (who was a part of the team in first two tests) against the West Indies, Sharma managed to score just 9 and 41 in the two innings.

Although it is believed that a batsman of his caliber needs to get a longer rope, yet the fact can't be denied that his performance definitely raised some eyebrows.

The question that arises here is whether India should replace Sharma with Pujara for the 4th Test which starts tomorrow?

Pujara, being a part of the first two Tests also didn't perform extraordinarliy well as he just managed 16 and 46 runs (159 balls), incapable of converting his starts.

He is not in bad form but as indicated by skipper Virat Kohli, but his recent scoring rate might have been the reason for his non-selection.

India is already home as they lead the 4-match series 2-0, so is it really essential to ponder over this question of replacement.

On the other hand, the Mumbai lad is surely getting a strong backing from his side as in his previous Tests against South Africa, he managed scores of 2, 23, 0 and 9, which can't be credited as a meritorious performance by a batsman of his stature.

Sharma is capable of changing sessions in a Test match which does not take away the enormous talent which Pujara possess; he has also performed well for the team.

So, who will get to bat in the last match remains a question, which for sure won't take away the spirit from the viewers in India as after all it's cricket.