Team India will face Zimbabwe in a three-game ODI series, which begins on Thursday in Harare. The likes of Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda and Ishan Kishan get a chance to prove themselves, while the series also offers a chance for the returning KL Rahul and Deepak Chahar to find their rhythm. KL Rahul will lead India while Shikhar Dhawan will act as his deputy.
Ahead of the first ODI, batter Robin Uthappa said he doesn’t see Shubman Gill opening the battle, as KL Rahul would like to have “miles under his shoes” as he is making a comeback from injury.
“I don’t actually see Shubman opening in this series, that’s what I feel. My personal feeling is that he may be hitting number 3 given how he’s performed in the West Indies, but I think the team management is keeping a few things in thoughts.One is the T20 World Cup coming up and the second is the 50-over World Cup coming next year.I think Shikhar has been one of our main stalwarts in the 50-over-years for the past 7-8 years format. He’s done exceptionally well,” Uthappa said while answering an DailyExpertNews question during a select media interview hosted by Sony Sports Network, which will broadcast the India-Zimbabwe series.
“He has the most number of 100s after Virat and Rohit. And he’s right up there, Shikhar is walking into that gap as far as ODIs go. You can tell by his batting that he knows his game well. Because I, Shikhar, along with Rahul, would opening percussion.KL is playing after a 90 day break, it is important that he gets some time under his wing, and gets a few kilometers under his shoes so to speak.And get back in the groove because we have the Asian Cup in 10 days so he wanted to be ready for that. We know what KL Rahul can do when he is fit and in his rhythm,” he added.
While answering another question from DailyExpertNews about whether Sanju Samson would get an edge over Ishan Kishan as wicketkeeper, Uthappa said: “I think Sanju Samson would be a better bet given the kind of form he’s in. Exactly like he has performed and the potential he has, we talked in the past about Sanju’s potential and he didn’t live up to his potential but we’ve seen in the recent past how he used his potential when he got the chance .”
“Given that, he should get a longer run. And if you don’t take anything away from Ishan, if Sanju gets a longer run, you will definitely find a player for the future in him,” he added.
Speaking of Virat Kohli taking a break from this series, Uthappa said: “Look, there are only two choices, either you take a break or you dive deeper into it. I think he’s tried both for the last couple of years. It’s his choice and he believes it might be better for him to take a break Sometimes a break can clear your mind and help you reset or give you time to think deeply about what’s going wrong And maybe He has therefore decided to take a break.”
“But whatever the reason, I feel that Virat is Virat and he serves the country as he has done and gives us the pleasure of his performances, we must trust his call and allow him to determine his own stroke “When he performed the way he performed, he found out how to perform with that intensity at that level. I think he just has to find his way to change the structure within the team, relieve him of the captaincy and just play as a player.” playing. It’s a huge change for someone like him who has led the team for so long and led the team in such a different way. The dynamics have changed now, I think we have to trust him and trust him to play with a bang comes back.”
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