Indian skipper Virat Kohli had opted for experiments in terms of batting positions, in the first ODI against Australia at an iconic Wankhede stadium. He took the bold step to allow in-form opening batsman KL Rahul. However, the changes in the batting line-up put India in a spot of bother; resulting in India losing the first ODI against Australia by 10 wickets. While young gun Shreyas Iyer believes that it is the right time to test the potential of a player.
Iyer, who has played in the last home season at No.4, was sent to bat at No.5 in the first ODI against the Aussies. The youngster got an edge, on the length ball of speedster Mitchell Starc before the ball settled in the gloves of Alex Carrey.
Moreover, Iyer doesn’t think that changing his position in the batting order has affected his game. Iyer said that the team management is experimenting at every position to find the best batsman suited for the particular job.
“In this situation, you should be ready to bat at any number because it is really important to play in the team, (considering) the competition which we have now right now,” Shreyas Iyer said.
“We can’t give any reasons for batting at any particular number Yes it is really important for us to be focused and not to cry about why we haven’t been batting at a similar position. Experimentation is something we are looking forward to. Hopefully, we will get a good number for each batsman.
“This is the time we should try and experiment things and hopefully it will work-out in the future,” added the Mumbaikar.
India will head to win the second ODI:
The visitors’ batters fully utilized Wankhede while hitting boundaries all over the stadium. Aussies, who won the toss, bundled the host led by Virat Kohli for 255 runs. Indian opener Rohit Sharma, at 10, lost the wickets on the ball of Starc. Shikhar Dhawan (74) and Kl Rahul (47) set the partnership before Pat Cummins broke it. Kohli, who came to bat at No.4, lost his wicket to spinner Adam Zampa.
Furthermore, Indian bowlers could not defend the target of 256. The Men in Blue need to change their strategy for the second game which will be a decider for Kohli’s led Men in Blue at Rajkot on Friday (January 17). Adding to it, Rishabh Pant’s injury might give the chance to exciting talent Manish Panday. On the other hand, Kohli needs to take a tough call to win the second ODI against Aaron Finch-led Australia.