Opening conundrum for India

By Hitesh Jain on Nov 29, 2014
Rohit Sharma’s legendary knock of 264 at Eden Gardens has again forced the Indian team management to think what would be the ideal opening combination in the World Cup. After Ajinkya Rahane’s  consistency against England and then, at home against West Indies, it was believed that he had sealed his place as an opener but, Rohit has made a case for himself again. However, Rahane still has that advantage of having done well overseas in seaming conditions.

Rohit is also pretty good if the technique is taken into account, but, the drawback that he has is that he is very slow at the start of his innings. Even in Kolkata, the first fifty that he scored came off more than 70 balls. Yes, when he stays on the wicket and gets set, he accelerates big time, but, if he gets out after taking so many deliveries up front, the batsmen who come later on have very little time. They have to hurry up almost from the word go and that sometimes results in them getting out. So, Rohit’s slowness at the start can put unnecessary pressure on middle order.

Rahane, on the other hand, is a brilliant timer of the ball and is very good at piercing the infield. So, he is the best bet for the power play overs. But, the problem with him is that he doesn’t make it big as Rohit does when he is in. So, it’s a bit of a conundrum for the team management at the moment. These two players will be in the XI for sure, but, who opens and who bats at 3, that’s the decision to be made. Virat Kohli is regularly batting at 4 now and his position is expected to be the same in World Cup too. So, no. 3 is vacant and one out of Rohit and Rahane would probably hold that pos
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