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Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan best option for T20 World Cup: Sarandeep Singh | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: India ought to persist with the skilled opening mixture of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan within the T20 World Cup, feels former selector Sarandeep Singh, calling the duo the “best option” regardless of skipper Virat Kohli‘s latest curiosity within the slot.
Sarandeep, whose time period ended with India’s historic win in Australia earlier this yr, additionally gave his tackle cut up captaincy, asserting the problem was by no means even mentioned in his time as Kohli carried out in all three codecs.
After the T20 collection win towards England, Kohli had mentioned he’ll open within the IPL elevating the likelihood of him opening with Rohit within the World Cup. Dhawan was dropped after the opening sport of the collection and Ishan Kishan was picked forward of him in a single of the video games. Kohli and Rohit opened within the remaining T20.

“It was surprising. He (Dhawan) did well in the IPL, he did well in Australia. Whenever he plays he performs. He is mentally very strong. May be they want to try out options but in my view the left-hand right-hand combination of Rohit and Dhawan is the best option for the India at World Cup,” Sarandeep instructed PTI.
“You can’t judge him on basis of one match. He did well in ODIs after that. The IPL will decide a lot of the team. There are no easy places in the team. Ishan Kishan too will need to do exceptionally well to make the team,” he added.
He additionally mentioned that KL Rahul ought to proceed protecting within the ODIs and the in-kind Rishabh Pant must wait for his flip when Shreyas Iyer returns.
The IPL starting April 9 will determine bulk of the spots for the World Cup squad and Sarandeep feels Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who grew to become India’s go to pair within the center overs after the 2017 Champions Trophy, are not any extra certain starters within the T20 or ODI format. Kuldeep has additionally misplaced his place within the T20 squad.
“The two spinners can still do the job. They are proper spinners. Once Ravindra Jadeja is back from injury, the trio remains the best option in limited overs format,” Sarandeep mentioned.
“Kuldeep, for example, has not got a lot of opportunities and seems down on confidence. He needs to be backed. Chahal was also replaced in the recent T20s against England by Rahul Chahar and did not play the following ODIs.
“Though there’s a lot of competitors, Chahal and Kuldeep ought to play collectively. They have nonetheless have loads of potential,” said Sarandeep, who played three Tests and five ODIs for India.
Pant has surpassed Wriddhiman Saha as the number one keeper in Tests and has also become the preferred option in T20s following his stellar success in all three formats in the last four months.
“No reward will likely be sufficient for Pant. He had some health points, labored on that and labored on his shot choice. If you anticipate a 21-yr-previous to play like a 30-yr-previous, it’s robust to begin with. You see Hardik (Pandya), the best way he bats now with expertise, identical factor has been seen in Pant now within the final six months or so.
“He was out of the team which was good for him. There is a right time and right ball to hit. The way he played in Australia, it shows he has gained a lot of experience. He is picking and choosing.
“He can provide you 10 years in Test cricket, Saha can’t and has change into the primary alternative. In ODIs, Shreyas obtained injured so Rishabh performed. When he’s again, KL needs to be the wicketkeeper as a result of he has been protecting wickets for a very long time and is doing a superb job.”
Sarandeep also believes there is no place for Krunal Pandya in the ODI team if Hardik is not bowling.
“If we speak about ODIs, if Hardik just isn’t bowling, Krunal cannot be your fifth bowler. He batted superbly however Krunal cannot offer you 10 overs, he is an efficient T20 participant however in terms of ODIs, he does not have the ability to problem the batsmen.
“So, if Krunal plays, Hardik needs to bowl. If one bowler is hit or injured there is no extra option if Hardik doesn’t bowl. His workload has to be managed too but you have to play proper bowlers,” mentioned the 41-yr-previous former off-spinner.
On the problem of spilt captaincy, Sarandeep mentioned it was not even mentioned in his tenure.
“Spilt captaincy is needed when your captain is not performing but he (Kohli) is the only player to average more than 50 in all formats. If he isn’t performing in one format you can take the leadership pressure off him and give it to someone else.
“Just as a result of he has not gained an IPL you may’t take away him from India captaincy. He can also be the fittest participant and captain. Rohit is there to guide the facet in his absence however there isn’t a cause to exchange Virat.”

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