After facing defeat in the second T20I match against West Indies there were a lot of questions that Rohit was asked during the press conference event, in which one of the topics, where Rohit explained his stand on trying different openers. But why this question came into the limelight is another question.
In the second test against the West Indies, it was an overall bad day for the Indian team, ask why? First it was the cargo delay, in which the jersey of Indian players was coming and secondly the match getting delayed because of that and finally India losing the match.
All these signs were a sort of indication for the Indian team as a bad omen and hence proved right as well. They lost the WI vs Ind second T20I match eventually. Still, three matches are remaining and both teams are settled on one win each, 1-1.
Coming back to the topic, why is team India trying different openers in T20Is? Well, to answer this, the captain himself will do that, look below,
“We want the guys to be able to bat anywhere and don’t want them to be batting in specific positions”
He was seen adding further,
“We want the guys to be flexible, there are two ways to look at it depending on certain players”
We want batters to be able to bat anywhere and to be flexible is what the captain emphasizes upon, sounds practical, isn’t it”
The words from the captain sounds absolutely genuine and there’s no doubt in his thinking that why team India is trying different openers in T20Is. This is not the first time such changes are taking place. Firstly, it was Rohit and KL Rahul doing the opening, then at some point it was Rohit and Rishabh coming for opening and the recent one includes Rohit making an opening innings with Suryakumar, proving the thought process of which, we recently spoke about.
Speaking of changes, in the same press conference Rohit was also asked, about his stance on choosing Avesh in the critical overs and not Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is experience, and Rohit Sharma had a very practical answer again stating,
“Unless you give chances to guys like Avesh and Arshdeep you’ll never know,”
He continued further saying,
“It is just one game. They have the skills and the talent and it is all about backing them. I am really proud of the bowlers and the team. Targets such as these can get over in 13-14 overs but we dragged it to the last over. I thought the guys executed the plans and really happy with the way the guys bowled,”
So as per our analysis, whatever decision the captain, Rohit Sharma is taking for his team sounds very practical and suitable for the upcoming Asia Cup as well as the T20 World cup.