Indian opener Rohit Sharma should be ruled out from the team now and Ajinkya Rahane should replace him in the team, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said that. Rahane is quite in shape now and he has played successfully as an opener in the shortest format of the game. He has shown him a quite consistent batsman while playing for the Rajasthan Royals and it will be a great partnership if he compliments Shikhar Dhawan.
“In batting, [MS] Dhoni will have to decide between Rohit and Rahane to partner Shikhar followed by Virat [Kohli], Yuvraj [Singh], [Suresh] Raina, Dhoni, [Ravindra] Jadeja and the remainder. It’s time for Rohit to stand up and deliver as Rahane has thrived as opener in this format with Rajasthan Royals and it will be hard to hold him on the bench for long.” Ganguly stated in a column at the Hindustan Times.
“The loss in the first warm-up game will hopefully be a wake-up call for India. It has cast up a few doubts. Amit Mishra once again bowled impressively, Ashwin delivered as the captain wanted him to, and Jadeja is one soul whom you will not be capable to keep aside in this format.”
“So, India will be charmed to move in with three spinners but the advantage of playing three Tweakers could be nullified by the dew factor. Indian team play all their matches at 7pm under lights and hence will throw to counter dew. Then pitch in this event will not come into play. More often than not, with the dew on, teams with better fast bowlers hold advantage as the ball skids off the rake. Bhuvneshwar [Kumar] will have to produce more serious. Can Dhoni finish his 4 overs with the new ball as he has served in Indian conditions in the past?” Ganguly concluded.
Rahane should replace Rohit Sharma: Ganguly
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