Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who missed the last few months due to a finger injury followed by a shoulder injury is all set to return to the Indian team for the last two ODI’s against Sri Lanka. Indian stand-in skipper Virat Kohli also told the reporters that the returning Mumbai batsman will be a vital member and can be the X-factor in the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

Speaking to the media ahead of the fourth ODI, he said “If a player like him gets going he can be the X-factor in a tournament like the World Cup. When he gets going, he can bring those big runs and wins the match for you. His value for the team is massive it’s get to have him back. Most probably he would bat where he had batted in the past. It’s all about giving him confidence as much as we can before going into the World Cup. These two games and the tri-series in Australia will certainly help him get into his groove at the top of the order. We will be looking at giving him as many overs to bat as possible”. 

“That’s why even after such an unfortunate injury in England and going out half way when he was batting well and comes back and gets a hundred in the first game he plays against Sri Lanka. It shows the mental toughness that he possesses. We all are aware of how good he’s with the bat. He brings a lot of positivity to the team. He’s a good thinker of the game. In the past when he was leading the side, he’s always up for discussions. He brings a lot of value into the time especially knowing that the World Cup is round the corner it’s great to have him back,” he added.

Rohit Sharma is all set to open the innings in the fourth ODI at Kolkata in less than a day’s time.

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