With the three-match ODI series all set to begin, Indian opener Rohit Sharma feels the One-Day International (ODI) series against England will be a crucial one and with Virat Kohli facing conundrum on the batting position – Rohit feels skipper has every right to choose where he wants to bat at.
Currently alongside Virat Kohli right now, the batting position of KL Rahul is most talked about. Rahul, previously played at number 4 and 5 but failed. Clearly, looks more class while batting in the top 3 and Kohli had sacrificed his position in T20s for Rahul.
“Speaking of Rahul batting at 3 or 4, I don’t know where he’ll bat in ODIs. Certainly, he has been in great form. We have got to see on Thursday where he actually bats. It will either be No 3 or 4. I don’t know where the captain wants to bat. That will be the most important question,” Rohit said in the pre-match press conference.
“I think Rahul’s a quality player – wherever he bats he will make an impact for sure. I think he’s looking forward to this opportunity. He has waited for a long time. He certainly wants to make an impact. And we have seen how good he had been batting recently. So he will be eager to go out there and make an impact,” he added.
Rohit later added that it was good to see youngsters like them come up with such match-winning performances. “It has been striking to observe the new boys come up with match-winning performances. Kuldeep (Yadav), (Yuzvendra) Chahal, Hardik (Pandya), (KL) Rahul, (Jasprit) Bumrah, these five to six boys have taken a lot of responsibilities in the last one year.”
“When you see these boys performing we felt happy because to come in new and take up the responsibility is not really easy, as we ourselves have experienced.
“These guys are like `give us responsibility, put us under pressure and we will succeed. The team goal is only to win wherever we play, perform whether we are seniors or juniors,” Rohit added.