Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Batting order shake-up a must for versatility, says Virat Kohli

"Right from Champions Trophy till the last tour in Sri Lanka Dhawan has had impactful performances for the team- Rohit
Frank Williams | 16 September, 2017, 16:26

With an aim to continue their dominant show, Virat Kohli-led India will take on Steve Smith's Australia in the first ODI of the five-match series at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. In their absence, Pat Cummins will share majority of the burden and he will get support from Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson. He had a great series in the West Indies where he was the man of the series.

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma believes the policy of rotating personnel has been introduced to ensure that players remain "more than 100% fit" during the course of a cramped calendar. In fact, even Zimbabwe have struck more often in fewer matches than India.

While Rohit said that it was up to the individual to find the right way to manage his schedule, he was personally not for taking a break from playing.He had missed the bulk of India's home season a year ago, including the Test series against England and Australia, with a thigh injury. In 23 matches, he scored 1297 runs at an average of 68.26. If you see Jinks (Rahane) - he has played in the middle order in the ODIs, he plays in the middle order in Test matches. The way India handle these issues might also provide a look into the team's thinking on the matter of planning for the future.

"I am not too concerned about my differences with Kohli". There is enough time for Ashwin to get back into the team because the World Cup is still two years away. "Before the start of Sri Lanka our, the captain said he is looking at KL as a No. 4 batsman".

It's unlikely that Handscomb, who had played just five ODIs till now, will open the batting along with David Warner. RAHANE MAY OPEN Vice-captain Rohit hinted that his Ranji teammate Ajinkya Rahane is likely to open in the first match while KL Rahul will continue to bat at No. 4.

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Ahead of the long worldwide season, India vice captain Rohit Sharma reckons cricketers shouldnt complain about burnouts because they have short career spans.

"I'm not too concerned about my differences with Virat". "So I would do that (open in Twenty20) any day if there is a guy in the middle order who is going to strengthen the side".

A few months before he eventually breached the 200-run mark in an ODI innings, Sachin Tendulkar looked set to create that record in Hyderabad. "If we do that then hopefully it can go a long way in us having success on this tour", he added.

While bilateral series continue to be played all the time, the focus and build-up are always with an eye on the next ICC event, which in the case of ODIs is every two years.

Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. While their batting line-up seems to be fine, it's their bowling attack that appears to be the weakest link.

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