Virat Kohli confirms Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan to start as openers in ODI against Eng
Rohit Sharma, the vice captain of the Indian cricket team, was excellent during the last match against England in the shortest format and that put the opener in the list of fixed players for the upcoming 50-over match against England.
Ahead of the first match against the English side in the three match ODI series, Virat Kohli confirmed from Pune that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will remain India’s first choice as openers for the format. He also addressed the much talked about matter during the fifth and and last twenty 20 when Kohli entered the pitch alongside Sharma.
The captain said that it happened once that doesn’t mean that he will continue to do it in other formats also. Fans loved that Kohli chose to enter as an opener because that had really benefited Sharma and India was portrayed as a more confident on field.
“As far as the opening combination is concerned, Shikhar (Dhawan) and Rohit (Sharma) will definitely start. They have been amazing for us in the past few years,” said Kohli in the press conference ahead of the match.
On opening the batting with Rohit and whether that will be seen more in the future, Kohli said: “It’s not a guarantee that this is going to be considered in the future. He also expressed his support for Suryakumar Yadav, who has been in excellent form. He said that to make a position for him, he will do anything possible.
He meanwhile indicated that Suryakumar Yadav might come up the order after he concluded the T20 series with an exceptional debut.
The captain had also spoken about the Decision review System. He said that there is an ‘Umpire’s call’ in the DRS process then why can’t it be possible that there is an ‘I don’t know’ call if he cannot make any definite call. He was still unsure about the Umpire’s call as he felt that there are all kinds of possibilities and it is possible that grey areas go unnoticed.
“I’ve played for a long time when there was no DRS. When the umpire gave it out, it stayed out. You don’t want some grey areas and factors in the game, which could define big games and tournaments,” said Kohli.