Middle-order spots are up for grabs: Rohit Sharma
The number four conundrum is yet to be resolved.
Updated - Sep 17, 2018 5:45 pm
The Indian team without their regular skipper Virat Kohli will be playing their first Asia Cup match against Hong Kong on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma will be leading the troops and no wonder that they are termed favourites alongside Pakistan to win the tournament. Meanwhile, with the World Cup around the corner, the Men in Blue would be looking to solve their long-standing issue with the middle-order.
Suresh Raina played in England and failed miserably to get dropped for the ongoing competition. With the return of Ambati Rayudu and Manish Pandey to the squad, many are hoping that one of these two cricketers might nail down the much-debated number four spot ahead of the marquee event. Kedar Jadhav has also made a come back after a long injury layoff and will bat at number six.
We want everything to be settled
Rohit Sharma, ahead of the game against Hong Kong, admitted that the middle-order slots are up for grabs and believed that the players are excited to seal their place in the side. He also wanted the team to be settled soon an hoped that the opportunity brings the best out of the players.
“There are a lot of spots up for grabs … number three, four, six. All these guys are eying for that. It’s not settled, obviously. A lot of guys have played in those positions. Going forward, we want everything to be settled but it gives opportunities to the guys to come and play the cricket that they like to play and seal spots,” he said while speaking to the media on the eve of the game.
Guys are hungry
Rohit was also delighted with the fact that the cricketers are hungry and are itching to make a difference. However, the Indian captain was also aware of fielding a perfect combination according to the conditions stating the importance of the Asia Cup.
“I have to see what the best combinations can be for this particular series, and we want to give chances to as many guys as possible so that the number four and six spot is sealed. As a team, we are looking forward to that and I’m sure all the guys eying those spots are hungry,” the 31-year-old added.