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Want to prepare for 10 for 3 or 15 for 2 like situations: Rohit Sharma

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It has been a few days since the BCCI announced the new ODI captain of India. The news was a major development and there were reports that BCCI has annexed Virat Kohli from the post, which came out true when Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the selectors were not in favour of split-captaincy in the white ball.

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach also revealed that the former captain has switched off his mobile. He also complained that there is no transparency with BCCI. However, now that the dust has settled, Indian players are looking to see the old Virat with the bat who used to dominate with centuries.

In a video released by the BCCI, Rohit Sharma says that India will be eyeing all the ICC events for sure. The T20 World cup is due next year in Australia whereas the 50 over World Cup will be hosted in India in 2023. During the last few years, we have seen a pattern when the Indian middle order fails to bail the team out of danger whenever the openers have gotten out early. Against the NZ Semifinal in 2019, India were five for three after which the team wasn’t able to score freely and ultimately lost the match.

On the inability of middle-order batsmen when opneres get out early, Rohit said, “In the past, we have been put in those situations before where we know we have been 10 for three or fifteen for two something like that. And we failed to recover. We need to keep in mind moving forward that’s one of the areas we need to keep improving as a team. Getting better as a team doesn’t stop.”

On the legacy of Virat Kohli’s white ball captaincy

Rohit Sharma heaped praises on the white ball captaincy of Virat Kohli. In his own words, “Those five years that he led the team, he led from the front. Everytime we stepped onto the park. And there was the clear great determination to win every game. That was the message to the entire squad.” Virat Kohli had a winning percentage of 70.43 in the ODIs but was unable to perform well with the bat in the crucial matches. It was in 2013 that India last tasted the success of an ICC event. The BCCI has roped in Rahul Dravid and the new coach and captain duo will be looking to get an ICC trophy for India in the coming years. India’s next assignment starts in South Africa on the 26th of December.

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