In­dia’s ODI wiz­ard con­tin­ues Test slump

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A record-break­ing bats­man and com­mended cap­tain in coloured clothes, Ro­hit Sharma threat­ens to fin­ish as one of Test cricket’s great un­ful­filled tal­ents.

David Warner is pro­lific proof of some­body who suc­cess­fully made the tran­si­tion from white-ball slug­ger to red-ball star, while Aaron Finch is try­ing to make the same leap.

Sharma, who at­tended the Un­der-19 World Cup in 2006 along­side Warner, is per­haps the best ex­am­ple of how hard the trans­for­ma­tion can be

he 31-year-old holds the record for the high­est ODI score, a stun­ning knock of 264 against Sri Lanka.

It’s one of his 21 ODI tons and the high­est of his seven 150-plus scores in the for­mat.

But the red ball has proven kryp­tonite for the bats­man ranked sec­ond on the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s ODI bat­ting charts, as was the case on day one of the four-Test se­ries yes­ter­day.

Sharma was a con­tro­ver­sial se­lec­tion at Ade­laide Oval ahead of Hanuma Vi­hari, earn­ing his first re­call since Jan­uary and ex­tend­ing a stop­start Test ca­reer that be­gan in 2013.

The 31-year-old looked per­haps more com­fort­able than any of his team­mates dur­ing In­dia’s ter­ri­ble start to the game, only to throw his wicket away with the most un­for­giv­able shot of the day.

Sharma flirted with dis­as­ter when he slog-swept Nathan Lyon for six after lunch, with Mar­cus Har­ris un­suc­cess­fully at­tempt­ing to parry the ball back into play.

But he was out at­tempt­ing the same stroke off the next de­liv­ery, dropped shorter and bowled slower by Lyon. The “soft” dis­missal for 37 is ex­actly why Sharma’s Test ca­reer is in the bal­ance, ac­cord­ing to former Test opener Si­mon Katich.

The In­dian vet­eran hadn’t played a sin­gle first-class fix­ture since his pre­vi­ous Test.

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