London, August 12 (IANS) Rohit Sharma has helped India solve the problem at the top of the slogan with the right-handed batman who consistently scored and helped create a base with solid opening partnerships.
Sharma, which started opening during the home series in 2019 against Bangladesh and South Africa, has only started opening abroad this year.
After missing the first two Tests in Australia due to late arrival from India, he played the last two Tests and shared two opening stands in half a century (at 70 and 71) with Shubman Gill in the third Test in Sydney.
He looked good in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane as well as scoring 44 in the first innings.
In the ongoing series in England, he put on a 97-run stand in the first innings of the first Test before erecting a century stand on Thursday.
India’s opening combination has always struggled outside of Asia over the last decade. Between January 2011 and December 2020, India’s opening pair could not survive the first 20 overs, even once outside Asia.
But since the start of 2021, the Indian openers have seen the first 20 overs five times in nine innings.
In fact, the average number of overs played by Indian openers abroad in 2021 is 19 plus, which is far more than in 2018, 2019 and 2020, as they could not even see the first 10 overs in overseas tests on average.
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