Bangalore: The only vacant slot in the middle-order in the Indian Test team is the No. 6 position. Will it be Yuvraj Singh or Suresh Raina? Or Manoj Tiwary? Or will S Badrinath finally get his chance? Till sometime back, Rohit Sharma’s name would have been mentioned in that list, but he has fallen behind in the race somewhat.
With the Ranji Trophy starting from Friday (November 2) though, Rohit would be expected to score big for Mumbai and stake his claim too. It is, after all, a long season, and opportunities might crop up for the ones that deserve them. "It's the start of the season, so it’s important for everyone, not just me," said Rohit at the Wankhede Stadium a day before Mumbai’s Ranji opener against Railways. "I need to be positive, which I am. I am in a good frame of mind and preparing well."
In the past too, Rohit has talked often about desiring a chance to represent India in Test matches. His stock has dipped of late, but Rohit’s target hasn't changed. "It's correct that I really want a Test cap,” he said. “I have always worked towards that and continue to do so. Not everything is in my hands, so I focus on the things I can do. Now (in the Ranji Trophy), I will try to go out and score as many runs as possible, and then it is up to the selectors."