India has got a new T20 opening pair
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s form raised concerns
New Delhi. There is still more than 1 year left in the T20 World Cup. But, the BCCI and the selectors have started preparing for this tournament from the beginning of this year. It started with handing over the captaincy of the T20 team to Hardik Pandya. After facing failure in the last two T20 World Cups, the selectors have decided to look beyond the senior players.
In such a situation, it is almost clear that Team India will field a new team in the 2024 T20 World Cup and now Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are hardly seen in T20. Shubman Gill has emerged as an all format opener. After the explosive game of Yashasvi Jaiswal in IPL 2023, another option has been found for the opening.
Rohit-Rahul struggling with form
A senior BCCI official told InsideSport, “Definitely, the talents that are emerging will be important for Team India. Yashasvi Jaiswal is on the radar after his stupendous performance in domestic cricket and IPL. It is too early to say that there is hardly a place for Rohit and KL Rahul in the T20 team. But, the way things are going. The form of both has declined. Looking at this, India needs a new opening pair in T20 at this time.
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KL Rahul has been ruled out of IPL due to thigh injury. But, before this, in all the matches he played, the finger kept standing on him regarding the strike rate. In 9 matches, Rahul scored 274 runs at a strike rate of 113. Strike rate is important in T20 and the way the game is changing, a strike rate of 113 cannot prolong an opener’s career.
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Selectors will keep an eye on Yashasvi
On the other hand, India’s captain Rohit Sharma is also struggling with form in Tests and ODIs. So far in IPL 2023, Rohit has scored 191 runs in 11 matches at an average of 17 and a strike rate of 124. Yashasvi Jaiswal has so far scored 575 runs in 11 matches in IPL 2023 at an average of 52 and a strike rate of 167. With this, he has staked his claim for Team India. Yashasvi had hit a half-century in just 13 balls in the last match. He was batting fast in the powerplay. He has scored runs in the powerplay in this IPL at a strike rate of 179. The selectors will definitely have an eye on this. At the same time, Shubman Gill has also scored 469 runs at an average of 47 and a strike rate of 144.
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This year is the ODI World Cup. The focus of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will be on ODIs. In such a situation, the selectors can try Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill as openers on the tour of Ireland and if Yashasvi succeeds in repeating the IPL performance there, then Rahul and Rohit’s T20 career may end. Ishaan Kishan is also an option in the opening. But, his recent form has not been good. But, he will also remain in the race.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 13, 2023, 09:11 IST