Australian opening batsman, David Warner the Indian team has enough depth in their batting to compensate for the absence of star opening batsman, Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma haven’t travelled with the Indian team to Australia. Both the players are recovering from the injuries they suffered during the IPL. KL Rahul, the Kings XI Punjab skipper, has been named the vice-captain of the limited-overs team.
While Rohit played the playoffs matches in the IPL for Mumbai Indians – recorded a match-winning half-century in the final – he is reported as not completely fit and has been rested from the limited-overs matches in Australia to nurse his hamstring injury. He is selected in the Test squad.
Australia will host India for six white-ball games and four Test matches. The 3-match ODI series commences on 27th November followed by 3 T20Is. The highly-anticipated Border-Gavaskar series will begin on 17th December with a day-night Test in Adelaide followed by the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, New Year’s Test in Sydney, and the last Test match in Australia’s fortress, Brisbane.
Other in-form batsmen can take Rohit’s position: David Warner
David Warner has opined that Rohit Sharma is an important player in the Indian team and they are surely going to miss the opener. However, Warner believes that the men in blue have plenty of players like KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Mayank Agarwal that were in good touch in the recently concluded IPL and can comfortably fit into Rohit’s spot.
As quoted by Cricbuzz, David Warner said, “He’s (Rohit) a big piece of their team they’re going to be missing, but they’ve got great in-form guys, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank, these guys played in the IPL so you’ve got guys in good touch and great talent and depth in Indian cricket to take that position of Rohit’s.”
The southpaw lauded the talent and depth in Indian cricket. The 34-year-old feels that India need not worry much about Rohit’s absence, as other options can do good enough job. In addition to the above mentioned three players, the limited-overs squad also includes youngsters- Shubman Gill and Sanju Samson who were in great nick during the IPL.
“He’s a big hole in their team up the top, but you’ve got guys who can replace him who are in form that will do a good enough job, if not better, as we saw in India,” David Warner added.
The left-hander himself was in terrific touch in the IPL. Warner 548 runs at a strike rate of 134 with 4 fifties and took his team, Sunrisers Hyderabad to Qualifier 2.