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'He Will Need To...’ Former Indian Captain’s Piece of Advice for Rohit Sharma Ahead of IND-ENG Test Series

image-lrn6bl7dIndian team will be in action against England in Hyderabad. (AP)

Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar has offered strategic advice to Indian captain Rohit Sharma ahead of the upcoming five-match Test series against England, scheduled to commence on January 25.

Rohit Sharma's leadership will be tested in the series, beginning with the first Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, marking the first Test encounter between India and England since their 2-2 draw in the 2021/22 series.

Gavaskar, speaking to Star Sports, emphasized the need for Rohit to employ his bowlers astutely, especially considering the relatively limited turn expected in Hyderabad. The experienced spin-quartet of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav provides Rohit with a range of options.

“As captain, Rohit Sharma will need to use his bowlers cleverly. Usually in Hyderabad, there is not enough turn on offer, so if England bats first and make a successful start till lunch, there we’ve to see how he uses his bowlers to judge him,”  said Sunil Gavaskar on Star Sports.

Recalling Rohit Sharma's brilliance in the previous Test series against England, Gavaskar highlighted his impressive century in the second Test in Chennai, where he scored 161 runs. Gavaskar commended Rohit's ability to navigate spin-friendly pitches and expressed optimism that a similar performance would provide India with a strong start and ease the pressure on middle-order batsmen.

"Rohit Sharma scored a tremendous century against England in the Chennai Test during the previous home series. He showed how to bat in a spin-friendly pitch. If he bats similarly, then Team India will get a good start. It also eases the work for No. 3 and 4 batters," added Gavaskar.

England, aiming to acclimate to Indian conditions, will arrive in India on Sunday, January 21, following an 11-day camp in Abu Dhabi. The series will kick off in Hyderabad on January 25, followed by matches in Visakhapatnam (February 2-6), Rajkot (February 15-19), Ranchi (February 23-27), and Dharamshala (March 7-11).

Dominant in home conditions, India will aim to extend their 16-series winning streak, a remarkable record maintained since their 2-1 loss to England 12 years ago during the 2012 tour.