Rohit, Rahul and Kohli’s batting order will be interesting in T20 World Cup

… Kushan Sarkar …

New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) India captain Rohit Sharma and former skipper Virat Kohli may not be in great form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season, but in the T20 format, they are in the top three with vice-captain Lokesh Rahul. Have been batting at places and this may continue in the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in Australia.

There is, however, a possibility that Rahul may bat in the middle order as opener Shikhar Dhawan has been in great form. With Dhawan opening the innings, there will also be a choice of right and left-handed batsmen in the top order.

The IPL certainly reflects the current momentum but the Chetan Sharma-led national selection committee, however, is not too concerned about the issue.

In this case, there can definitely be a discussion about the batting order of Rohit, Rahul and Kohli.

These three batsmen’s style of play at the start of the innings is almost the same and in the last T20 World Cup, the team had to bear the brunt. These three batsmen like to play cautiously in the beginning of the innings and then take an aggressive approach.

However, Rohit has changed his style and has been trying to hit big shots right from the start of the innings. However, they have not had much success in this yet. In nine IPL matches, he has scored 155 runs at a strike rate of 123.

The situation of Kohli, which has been in a bad rhythm for a long time, is more worrying in this matter. He has scored 186 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 116, which is in stark contrast to his reputation.

Lucknow Super Giants captain Rahul is in fine form but he has been playing very cautiously at the start of the innings for his team. He seems to avoid playing big shots in the powerplay.

Talking about the performance of the first six overs of the Powerplay, Rahul has scored 141 runs in 126 balls in 10 matches, in which 55 have been dot balls. During this his strike rate has been 111.90. In this case, however, Rohit’s strike rate has been slightly better. He has scored 136 runs in 104 balls in the powerplay in nine matches.

Kohli got a chance to play in seven matches in the Powerplay, where he scored 61 runs in 55 balls. During this he played 16 dot balls.

These figures show that all three are finding it difficult to play big shots as soon as they hit the crease in the powerplay.

Former selection committee chairman MSK Prasad and his colleague Devang Gandhi, apart from former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta, have differing opinions on the matter.

Prasad told PTI-language, “If these three are fit then they are an integral part of the team. You cannot ignore any of these three for the T20 World Cup. If you look at the statistics, you can try Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. In such a situation, Rahul can bat at the fourth order. He has also scored a century on this sequence in Manchester a few years back.

Gandhi said that before an important tournament like the T20 World Cup, you would not want to do any such experiment which harms the team.

“All of them have impressed with their performance for India. Playing for the Indian team is different from the franchise teams. And when it comes to change, you must have the right substitutes to replace them. ,

Das Gupta said that in T20 you have to bat differently. “In Tests or ODIs, we usually look for players. Test them and assign them roles accordingly. In T20 you have to do the reverse. You decide the roles first and then it has to be seen whether the players are according to them or not. ,

“These three can still play in the top three positions. Yes, you can have players like Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw as substitutes in the team.