India vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday stated it’s nonetheless too early to finalise the crew’s batting line-up for the T20 World Cup at dwelling later this yr and skipper Virat Kohli opening alongside him in the sequence decider in opposition to England was solely a tactical transfer.
Before Rohit’s media interplay, Kohli stated that he’ll open in the upcoming IPL and he would need to open with Rohit going into the T20 World Cup.
“It is long time to go for the (T20) World Cup, so early days to talk about how our batting will look like. We have to sit and analyse what suits the team the most,” stated Rohit after the sequence win.
“Today was a tactical move because we wanted to play an extra bowler and wanted to leave one batsman out. Unfortunately it was KL (Rahul) which was very tough.”
India changed an out-of-form Rahul with pacer T Natarajan for the essential sport.
“KL has been one our key players in limited overs, especially in this format. Looking at current form, the team management decided to go with the best 11. Having said that, it doesn’t send any signal that KL will not be considered or anything like that. This was just for one particular game. Things might change as we go closer to World Cup.”
Before the sequence, Kohli had stated that Rohit and Rahul have been India’s first-choice opening pair.
“We do perceive his (Rahul’s) capability and his contribution on the high, what he’s performed for us. So, yeah, I’m not going to rule out something or neither will I say that that is the popular batting lineup for a World Cup.
“There is still a good amount of time left with IPL in between. And then, I’m hearing, there will be few T20s as well before the (T20) World Cup. So, you know, good enough time for us, at that point in time to judge what will be the best possible eleven for us,” added Rohit.