Open the batting with Rohit Sharma and Stuart Binny: Ian Chappell

Editor Sportzwiki / 25 January 2015

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has chose All-Rounder Stuart Binny to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the upcoming ICC World Cup. India are sweating on the form of their regular opener Shikhar Dhawan who is working hard to regain his lost touch. He also lashed out on the Indians’ poor show down under and criticized them for getting adjusted to Australian pitches.

In his column for ESPNcricinfo, Ian Chappell wrote,

If India achieve nothing else in this tri-series – and the way they have started, it’s looking ever more doubtful – they need to sort out the make-up of their attack for the World Cup. With their major pool matches to be played in Australia, one of them at the bouncy WACA, adapting to prevailing conditions will be crucial for the bowlers. So far they have shown no signs of making the adjustment to Australian pitches in either Tests or ODI matches.

A good start to a resurgence would be to reinstate Virat Kohli at number 3, where he previously spent some time in ODIs. With Rohit Sharma and Kohli at the top of the order, India have their firepower to the fore – an approach based on getting your retaliation in first. In addition, it puts the two best players of the short-pitched ball front and centre, and if it’s the intention of opponents to bounce the Indians out, then these two could short-circuit those plans very quickly. As Shikhar Dhawan continues to struggle under Australian conditions, perhaps the time is right to open the batting with Stuart Binny. He looks technically capable and this would give Dhoni another bowling option, which appears to be a priority.

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