5 back-up openers for Team India in ODIs
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will definitely be India’s first-choice openers. However, there needs to be a strong backup as well.
Published - Jul 21, 2019 2:45 pm | Updated - Mar 16, 2020 5:53 pm
It’s been just a week since India lost the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup. However, the grind hardly stops. After the disappointing loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals, the focus has shifted to the 2023 World Cup which will be held in India.
Hence, it is important to have a strong core and also a strong set of fringe players who can come in and do the job any time. KL Rahul blew hot and cold at the top of the order throughout the 2019 World Cup. Moreover, he started at No. 4 in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will definitely be India’s first-choice openers. However, there needs to be a strong backup as well. Rahul is that backup opener but he hasn’t been at his best. Also, the ‘Men in Blue’ need to look at other options as well. Thus, here are five back-up opening options for India in ODI cricket.
1. Shubman Gill
There has been a lot of talk about Shubman Gill in Indian cricketing circles in the recent past. The 19-year-old opening batsman has been consistently scoring runs in all forms of the game. Be it for Punjab (stateside), Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL side) or India A, Gill has been amongst the runs.
It was at the under-19 level that Gill shot into the limelight. From that time, it was very evident that he had the ability to score big. He got some big scores at that level before he translated it into domestic cricket.
Gill has been consistently playing for India ‘A’ and may well be India’s next top-order batsman in the line. In fact, he played a couple of ODIs in New Zealand but they came at No. 3. Hence, he’s had some taste of cricket at the international level.