India, Sept. 29 -- The tour game against South Africa was expected to help Rohit Sharma gain confidence in his new role in red-ball cricket, but it has only added to the suspense of how the Mumbai batsman will measure up to the challenge of opening in Test cricket.

In one of the most talked-about decisions in Indian cricket, the batsman, team management and the national selectors have a taken a big gamble with the decision to switch Sharma from the middle-order to the top, and everyone has their fingers crossed. It has been made amply clear that he will be given enough time to settle down in the most challenging role in the game, but Sharma hasn't done much to calm the nerves.

On Saturday, the Board President's XI skipper was out for a ...