Indian ODI cricket team captain Rohit Sharma explained the reason behind using Rishabh Pant as an opener in the second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series against the West Indies cricket team. Sharma said that he has been told to keep trying new things. Also, he added that he does not mind losing games here and there, but the team will keep experimenting.
Before the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series between the Indian cricket team and the West Indies cricket team began, Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive for COVID-19, whereas KL Rahul was unavailable to play the first match. So, the team management used wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan as an opener.
Rahul was available to play the second game. Many fans thought Rahul would replace Kishan as the opener. However, they were surprised to see that Pant opened the innings with Rohit Sharma, while Rahul batted in the middle-order. Speaking at the post-match presentation yesterday, Rohit explained the thought process behind sending Rishabh as an opener and said:
“I’ve been asked to do different things, trying out Pant to open was something that we tried today, not a permanent solution but we wanted to try out something unique today.”
Rohit Sharma confirmed Shikhar Dhawan will be back for 3rd ODI against West Indies
During the same chat, Sharma confirmed that Dhawan has recovered fully and will be back in the team for the final match of the series against West Indies.
“We’re going to get Shikhar back in the next game, he’s going to get his game time but ultimately, we have to keep trying out different things,” concluded Sharma.
The Indian cricket team has already taken a 2-0 series lead in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series against the West Indies cricket team. The home team will be keen to complete a whitewash in Ahmedabad soon.