It is hard to see a special talent like Rohit sitting out: Ajinkya Rahane

Rohit was not part of the first XI in India's tour of the West Indies, while Rahane got runs to cement their place in the middle order.
Rohit Sharma will look to cement his place as an opener in the Test side. (Photo:
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India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has said that Rohit Sharma is a special talent and it is hard to see him warm the bench. "I don't know yet whether Rohit will open the innings. If he does, I will be happy for him. I said in West Indies also, it is hard to see a special talent like Rohit sitting out," Rahane said at a promotional event here on Thursday.

While Rahane has cemented his place in the middle order, the right-hander has backed Rohit to come good in the longest format of the game."He has worked so hard and if he gets an opportunity, I am sure, he will do well," Rahane added.

 Rohit was not part of the first XI in India's tour of the West Indies. While Rahane and Hanuma Vihari got runs to cement their place in the middle order. The team management now seems keen to try out Rohit as an opener in tests along with Mayank Agarwal after KL Rahul's poor form with the bat and his stupendous success in that position in white-ball cricket.

"We all know the quality he has -- special talent. Test cricket is all about mindset and ODI cricket, you can just go out there and back yourself. In Test cricket, sometimes if two bowlers are bowling good spells, you need to respect that and come out strong and play your game after that," Rahane said.

Asked about his ambitions to make a comeback to the ODI side, Rahane said: "Apart from Tests, I really enjoy playing ODI cricket as well. I want to come back to ODIs. Right now, the focus is completely on this series. After the Australia series, there was a long break. When I got to know that I was not part of the World Cup squad, my plan was to play county cricket and luckily the Hampshire people called me and asked about county cricket.

"I thought I can use my time well and learn about cricket and life. It's a completely different experience when you play county cricket. Here, we get things so easily. In county cricket, you need to do everything on your own," said Rahane. 

India will start as overwhelming favorites against a young South Africa side but Rahane is wary of pacer Kagiso Rabada and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj threat to the side.

 "Rabada is a quality bowler. He is a wicket-taker. It doesn't matter how the wicket will be. We have to respect him and the other bowlers. They have got a relatively young team, but their bowling attack -- fast bowlers and spinners are experienced. Keshav Maharaj has played county cricket and did well in red ball. You need to respect them," he signed off.

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