Virat Kohli has said that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will open the batting and will drop to third position.
New Delhi: India will take on Australia in the second and final warm-up match on Wednesday after getting off to a smooth start in the first warm-up match against England as preparations for the T20 World Cup continue. India are in the process of making a final decision on the batting order ahead of the match against Australia.
India’s Super 12 matches in the World Cup will start on Sunday against Pakistan. This will be Virat Kohli’s last tournament as T20 captain.
Before the first warm-up match on Monday, skipper Virat Kohli had said that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma would open the batting for the World Cup and would drop to third position. As a result, the first three positions in the batting order have already been clarified.
India won the first match by seven wickets against England. Ishant Kishan, a young batsman who scored 70 runs for India in the match and has been ruled out due to injury, is likely to be included in the playing XI.
Rishabh, who scored 29 not out in the final overs of the match, is also ahead of Suryakumar Yadav in the possibility of reaching the playing XI.
Rohit did not bat against England. Rohit is expected to open against Australia on Wednesday.
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Discussions are ongoing regarding all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Pandya was able to handle some of the time in the final overs of the match against England without any problems. Pandya scored 12 not out off 10 balls.
Since Pandya did not bowl, it remains to be seen whether the Indian will field him as a batsman.
If Pandya does not bowl, India will lose the chance to be the sixth bowler. When one of the bowlers is allowed to rest, the absence of a replacement will affect him.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had conceded 54 runs in four overs against England on Monday. Jaspreet Bumra was the best performer. Bumra, who took one wicket, conceded just 26 runs in four overs.
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Mohammad Shami took three wickets but gave up 40 runs. Rahul Chahar took one wicket in four overs but the English batsmen scored 43 runs. Ashwin did not take a wicket but conceded just 23 runs in four overs.
Before the start of the main matches, India are expected to test the performance of Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Varun Chakraborty in Wednesday’s warm-up match. Looking at the recent form, India have not lost in eight consecutive series since losing 2-0 to Australia in the home series before the 2019 ODI World Cup.