Indian skipper Rohit Sharma opens up on the speculation over his T-20I future and says that he hasn’t given up the format yet.
Guwahati: Ahead of the ODI series against Sri lanka, Indian Skipper and veteran batter Rohit Sharma confirmed to the media that he has no plans to give up T20Is. Earlier, there has been a lot of talk going around if Hardik Pandya should replace Rohit Sharma as India’s T20I captain.
Focus on Workload and Fitness
Rohit and Virat Kohli missed India’s next two T20I series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka after the T-20 world cup 2022.In press conference, Rohit said it was more about managing the workload and fitness, and they might miss the upcoming home T20I series against New Zealand as well.
Rohir also highlighted the importance of the upcoming challenges for the team regarding the workload management for the preparation of the upcoming ODI world cup 2023.
“It was made clear in the past that it’s a 50-over World Cup year, and for some of the guys, it’s not possible to play all formats,” Rohit said in the pre-match press conference of the first ODI against Sri Lanka.
“If you look at the schedule, the matches are back to back. So looking at some of the players’ workloads, we wanted to give them a break. And I also fall into that category,” he added.
“We have only six T20Is, three [against Sri Lanka] are over and we have three against New Zealand. So we will look after those boys till we get to the IPL, and see what happens after that. But certainly, I have not decided to give up the format.” He added.
Updates on playing 11
Rohit also revealed that Shubman Gill will be the opener choice ahead of Ishan Kishan in the pecking order. In the last ODI against Bangladesh, Kishan had scored the fastest double-hundred in the format, but in the other eight innings in his career, he has only 267 runs at an average of 33.37.
Subhman Gill, on the other hand, has been the highest run-getter for India in 2022. Gill scored 638 runs at an average of 70.88 at a strike rate of 102.57.
Rohit gave an update on India’s spearhead pacer Jasprit Bumrah, Who was ruled out of the ODI series due to some stiffness in the back.
India’s squad for ODI against sri lanka:
The Indian Team is going to be in action on January 10,12 and 15 for the first game of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.