With the duo of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane steadying the ship after India was reeling at 39/3 at one stage, batting coach Vikram Rathour praised both the batsmen at the end of the opening day’s action at the JSCA Stadium on Saturday.
“Ajinkya showed great intent today. Whenever he bats with this intent, he looks a really good player,” Rathour said.
Rathour said that Rohit showed grit and determination to play away the first session when the likes of Kagiso Rabada had the ball moving viciously.
“As I said, they were bowling in good areas and there was some help in the wicket. So, as a batsman, you have to survive during that time, which Rohit did very well,” he said.
“He is too good a player to not play all formats. Opening the batting with him was the right decision. And the number of runs he has scored, he has settled the issue (of opening) for the time being.
“If somebody of his stature starts coming good at the top of the order, that changes everything for the team, even when you are touring. He is such an experienced player; I don’t think you need to tinker with his technique. He just had to make some mental adjustments vis-a-vis his gameplan.”