IND v ENG: Kohli made a big statement about opening with Rohit in the ODI series. After the completion of the Test and T20I series, the 3-match ODI series between India and England is starting from March 23. The first match of the series will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, in which India will be eyeing a win.
Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli has cleared the situation regarding his batting position. Let me tell you, Kohli was seen in the last match of the T20I series with Rohit Sharma in the role of opener and he scored an unbeaten 80 runs.
Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI, “My opening was part of the strategy of the match and it was a lot of fun to open with Rohit.” There is no guarantee that I will be seen opening even further. I am going to open in the IPL to have all the options. “
He said, “Now I want to understand my role as an opener so that I can open a slot for someone like Surya. I need to be able to play any kind of role that the team requires of me. We, Will, decide around the World Cup. “
In the last few matches of the T20I series, questions were raised about the umpire’s decision. To this, the Indian captain said, “The umpire’s call is causing a lot of confusion. If the ball hits the stumps, the gills are going to fall. There should be no doubt under a basic cricketing spirit. It does not matter. How the ball hits the stumps. “
India vs England first ODI: Dhawan will open with Rohit, after the World Cup, he scored 328 runs in 7 innings at an average of 46.85.
Team India has to play a 3 ODI home series against England from 23 March. All matches will be held in Pune. Captain Virat Kohli said that in the first ODI, Shikhar Dhawan will open with Rohit Sharma. Dhawan has played 9 ODIs since the World Cup (June 2019), in which he has scored 328 runs in 7 innings at an average of 46.85. He is a good opening option in the current team along with Rohit.
Recently, Team India defeated England 3–2 in the T20 series and 3–1 in the Test series. Despite this, the Indian team is fighting for good openers. Rohit has confirmed his place in the team. Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul have been opening with them.
However, both of them are also struggling with bad form. In the first T20 against England, Dhawan scored just 4 runs off 12 balls. At the same time, Rahul scored only 15 runs in 4 matches in the series and could not even open the account twice.
Kohli had to come to the opening himself
It came to such a point that in the last T20, captain Virat Kohli himself had to come down to open. This formula was successful and Rohit-Kohli shared a 94-run partnership. However, this is not a permanent solution, as Kohli strengthens batting by coming in at number three.
Prithvi Shaw returned to form, but not selected in the ODI series,
Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw are also contenders for the opening in Team India, but Gill flopped badly in the Test series against England. Prithvi was also not given the chance for the England series due to poor form on the tour of Australia. However, Prithvi has proved himself by scoring 800 runs in the domestic tournament Vijay Hazare (ODI format). He also scored an unbeaten 227 runs in a match.
Rohit Sharma opener in all three formats
For Team India, Rohit is an opener in all three formats (Test, ODI and T20). He can be accompanied by Kohli, Ishaan Kishan or Lokesh Rahul in T20.
In ODIs, Dhawan, Shubman or Prithvi may get a chance with Rohit. However, Prithvi Shaw is not in the ODI series against England.
Rohit has Shubman, Prithvi and Mayank Agarwal as openers along with Rohit. Shubman was a complete flop against England. In such a situation, Earth may get a chance in the next series.
Virat can open with Rohit even
after winning the T20 series, Indian captain Virat Kohli revealed that he will also open for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL this time. He said that now the middle order of the Indian team looks very strong. In such a situation, he can open even further with Rohit.
Kohli has accumulated 5 centuries in the IPL as an opener
Kohli has scored 5 centuries in his IPL career so far. All these centuries were scored by opening. 2016 has been the best IPL season for Kohli so far. This season, he scored 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08 with the help of 4 centuries. This is the record for the most runs of any batsman in a season of IPL.
Since 2010, only 4 openers have been able to play 10+ matches
Since 2010, 17 players made the opening in all three formats for Team India. During this period only 4 players Shikhar Dhawan (237), Ajinkya Rahane (71), Lokesh Rahul (83) and Mayank Agarwal (18) could play more than 10 matches. Among them, Dhawan is the only player who can play more than 100 matches.