Team India’s limited-overs vice-captain, Rohit Sharma recently opens up on the batting line-up for T20 World Cup.
While Team India registered a convincing win over England in the final of the five-match T20I series, everyone started talking about the batting lineup. But Rohit Sharma feels that it is too early to finalise the batting line-up for the upcoming T20 World Cup which will take place later this year in India.
His comments came after the India captain Virat Kohli opened for India alongside Rohit Sharma in the series decider. While India used as many as five changes in the opening pair, only Kohli and Rohit Sharma could provide the desired result. Even, Kohli too expressed his desire to open more often, although Sharma said that it was only a tactical move.
“It is still long time to go for the (T20) World Cup, so early days to talk about how our batting will look like. We have to sit and analyse what suits the team the most,” said Rohit Sharma after the series win.
‘It was a tactical move’ – Rohit Sharma on Virat Kohli’s opening
“Today was a tactical move because we wanted to play an extra bowler and wanted to leave one batsman out. Unfortunately it was KL (Rahul) which was very tough.”
In the final match, India made only one change in their playing XI where pace bowler T Natarajan replaced an out-of-form KL Rahul. But the swashbuckling backed Rahul as well, citing that he is one of the best.
“KL has been one our key players in limited overs, especially in this format. Looking at current form, the team management decided to go with the best 11. Having said that, it doesn’t send any signal that KL will not be considered or anything like that. This was just for one particular game. Things might change as we go closer to World Cup,” he again added.
“We do understand his (Rahul’s) ability and his contribution at the top, what he’s done for us. So, yeah, I’m not going to rule out anything or neither will I say that this is the preferred batting lineup for a World Cup. There is still a good amount of time left with IPL in between. And then, I’m hearing, there will be a few T20s as well before the World Cup. So, you know, good enough time for us, at that point in time to judge what will be the best possible eleven for us,” Rohit Sharma concluded.