Last Update on: January 12th, 2020 at 05:30 pm
Among the selection headaches that India may encounter in the next few months, especially in the white-ball arena, the combination at the top of the order seems the biggest. In Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Shikhar Dhawan, the men in blue have got all the competent options. And batting coach Vikram Rathour labels this as a “good dilemma” to possess.
Limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma seems a lock since he enjoyed a stellar in 2019, having scored 1472 runs in 50-over cricket and 396 in the shortest format of the game. Shikhar Dhawan, who made his return from injury in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, was also amongst the runs. KL Rahul is also in the race as he has been producing the runs consistently since replacing Dhawan in the World Cup 2019.
Vikram Rathour remained confident that Rohit would be an automatic choice. While he spoke highly of both Dhawan and Rahul, at the same time conceded that the management would sit down calmly and make the decision over a couple of days of whom to leave out.
“It’s a good dilemma to have. Rohit is an obvious choice of course. Both of them (Rahul and Shikhar) are playing well. Shikhar has done well in the one-dayers while Rahul is in great form. So we’ll deal with it when we have to. There are still a couple of days to go. The management will sit down and make the choice.” Rathour said as quoted by Times of India
Vikram Rathour explains the relevance of ODI series with T20 World Cup on the horizon:
In every leg on their home season so far, India has played at least one T20 international against their opponents. With the T20 World Cup looming, it served as a proper preparation for the one-time champions. Nevertheless, with the men in blue playing no T20s against Australia, the batting coach addressed it by saying that, regardless of the format, performing well against one of the top teams indeed gives them plenty of confidence.
“It’s a different format and cricket is a game of confidence. So, as a batter and bowler, especially when you are playing against a team like Australia, who are one of the better teams in the world, performances to make a difference. It gives you a lot of confidence.” the batting coach added further.
The Indian team may likely be the favourites against Australia, given they are playing at home. However, they cannot afford to take Australia lightly, who are arriving with their full-strength side.