Ind vs Aus: Happy to bat anywhere, says Rohit Sharma

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Last Updated: Mon, Nov 23rd, 2020, 14:47:51hrs
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Rohit Sharma

If Rohit Sharma is all cleared to fly for the Tests in Australia, he'll most likely partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order, but he isn't too worried about his batting position.

"I will tell you the same thing that I have told everyone all this while. I will be happy to bat wherever the team wants me to, but I don't know if they would change my role as an opener," Sharma told PTI.

Sharma started as a middle-order batsman, but he transitioned into a Test opener last year and was pretty good at it too.

The combined score of 525 runs between Sharma and Agarwal across both innings of the first Test in Vizag is a national record, topping the 414 by Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan.

Sharma also became the first Indian to score two centuries in his first Test as an opener, having slammed 176 and 127. He opened just twice in the following series against Bangladesh before an injury ruled him out of India's most-recent Test series in New Zealand, which they lost 2-0 in February.

"I am sure the guys already in Australia must have figured out what are the options when Virat [Kohli] leaves and who are the guys who will open the innings," he said. "Once I reach there, I will probably have a clearer idea of what's going to happen. I will be okay to bat wherever they want."

Sharma wasn't included in the original Test squad for Australia due to a hamstring injury he suffered during the recent IPL in the UAE, which forced him to miss four games for the Mumbai Indians. However, he was added to the Test squad once it emerged that his injury wasn't that bad.

He is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation.

(With Agency Inputs)

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