Ahmedabad: India”s middle-order issues in ODIs have been spoken about extensively for a long time but new captain Rohit Sharma was happy with the kind of effort put in by the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav in their 3-0 series win against the West Indies. Surya was in fine nick in the first two […]
Ahmedabad: India”s middle-order issues in ODIs have been spoken about extensively for a long time but new captain Rohit Sharma was happy with the kind of effort put in by the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav in their 3-0 series win against the West Indies.
Surya was in fine nick in the first two games while Shreyas and Rishabh Pant came good in the final encounter in a relatively low scoring series on a difficult track where bowlers ruled the roost. “What we were worried about was how we were challenged in the middle overs, but our middle order batting in this series was very good,” Rohit said after the end of the series.
“We batted according to the conditions and we had spoken about it for a long time that middle order does not get too many opportunities because the top three bat, but in this series, middle order batted well and as per the situation, which was a positive,” said Rohit. While Rohit along with other two seniors Shikhar Dhawan and former skipper Virat Kohli have scored bulk of the runs during last 10 years, the middle-order has often caved in under pressure when it mattered.
“See I think, in ODI cricket, the four, five and six are very important numbers, some of the greats of India cricket have batted at that number, so it is a very crucial number. For us, it is important, whoever that four, five and six are, they get enough game-time and if we have a bowling option in those guys, nothing like it.”
For Rohit, it was paramount that everyone got game time. “But honestly for me, it is important for them to have as much game time as possible. We have got a lot of candidates for that number, but it is a good headache to have and good competition within themselves to come out and play and perform,” the Mumbaikar added.
Virat Kohli”s lack of hundreds might be a worry for general fans but the new captain just decided to nip in the bud, any concerns whatsoever expressed about his predecessor”s form and lack of confidence. “Virat Kohli ko confidence ki zaroorat hai? Kya baat kar rahe ho yaar,” (Virat Kohli needs confidence? What are you saying man!?” Rohit just laughed it off. “It is a different matter that he did not get a hundred, but in the series against South Africa, he scored two half centuries in three games. I don”t think there is anything wrong. The team management is not at all worried about that,” he added.
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