Battle between Rayudu and Rohit for the middle order spot

By Hitesh Jain on Nov 12, 2014
India took a lead of 2-0 in the One Day International series against Sri Lanka as Ambati Rayudu scored his maiden century at international level at Sardar Patel Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad. Rayudu batted at 3 as the first Indian wicket had fallen early and Virat Kohli did not want to expose himself against the new ball. The 29-year old Hyderabad resident had a slow start, but, after the introduction of spinners into the attack, he started breathing easily and played his shots. It was a flat wicket, good for batting and Rayudu took full advantage.

Now, it would be very hard for the Indian selectors to leave Rayudu out when Rohit Sharma gets in. He had scored runs in England as well and even before that in the Asia Cup when he had got chance, he had contributed. So, his consistency has always been there and he has made a good case for the no. 4 position. Obviously, what Rohit has done over the years for India in the middle order and also, opening the batting, he deserves to be in the XI as well in the World Cup, but, at the moment in the Indian line up, there is only one place up for grabs.

However, one thing that the selectors must keep in mind is Rohit’s capability of handling bounce. He is a fantastic cutter and puller and at the start of his career in Australia in the Commonwealth series, he had made a very good 70 in the first final and along with Sachin Tendulkar, he had got India close to the target. He was just 20 years of age at that time, but, he had shown he could play horizontal bat shots. He is a more matured player now and the last time he had played an ODI for India, he had got a half century. So, his case is not weak either.
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