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Dhoni to pick either Rohit or Virat

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Published: Monday, November 21, 2011, 11:26 [IST]
 
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Dhoni's dilemma: Rohit or Virat?

Mumbai, Nov 21: After a year and eight months Rohit Sharma has got an opportunity to make his test debut in the third and final test against Windies at Mumbai starting on Tuesday.

Having twisted his ankle while playing football, during a practice session, he had to miss out on that opportunity.

With a great domestic cricket record to back him, he has got yet another opportunity to make it to the playing XI on Tuesday. Still the wait continues as there is a dilemma, as there is only one position vacant, with two qualified contenders - Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

It all depends on who gets the skipper's nod, as both are highly talented. "Now, I've got this opportunity and I would surely put in my best. There was a time when I had strayed, but now I am completely focused on the game," Kohli said at the Ceat Awards on Saturday, pointed out as the No.6 position is lying vacant after Yuvraj Singh was dropped.

Virat Kohli, has already played 3 tests against West Indies which might add value to the selection criteria, as he wants to make his second stint memorable. Similarly, Rohit Sharma eagerly awaits his test debut as he has been in great form off late.

With two consecutive hundreds including a match winning 175 against the Railways in this year's Ranji Trophy season appears to be a serious contender as his one day record also seems to be quite impressive with 1505 runs off 67 matches to his credit at an average of 31.35 While Virat Kohli, has 2617 runs off 69 matches with a highest score of 118 and at an average of 45.91.

His first class record when compared to Kohli suggest that Sharma is definitely a better bet as he has scored 3748 runs 46 matches with a highest score of 309* and an average of over
63.

Rohit himself is keen and hungry to excel in the longer format. "I am more mature now. If I play the Test, this or any other, I will play as if it is my last match," Sharma said recently. Virat
Kohli's domestic cricket records show that he has scored 2207 runs off 33 matches.

Rohit seems to be keen and hungry to excel in the longer format. "I am more mature now. If I play the Test, this or any other, I will play as if it is my last match," he said recently. As Rohit hopes for a chance, Kohli is also eagerly waiting to prove his mettle.

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