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Australia Batting Legend Matthew Hayden Suggests Rohit Should Bat at no.4

Rohit Sharma
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India’s T20 World Cup squad is set, but a key question remains: who will open the batting? With Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and the young Yashasvi Jaiswal all vying for the role, captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid have a tough decision to make.

While the experienced Rohit-Kohli combo seems like the favorite, some experts like Matthew Hayden advocate for Kohli alongside the in-form Jaiswal. Hayden believes Kohli’s mastery of the powerplay and Jaiswal’s explosiveness could be a potent duo, with Rohit’s power-hitting better suited for the middle order.

With the World Cup approaching in June, the selection headache continues beyond the initial squad announcement. 

Prior to the announcement, speculation swirled around the wicket keeper selection, with numerous contenders vying for the role. Ultimately, India has entrusted Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson with the gloves.

This will mark the return of Pant to international cricket for the first time since a near-fatal accident in December 2022 that kept him on the sidelines for more than a year.

Shivan Dube’s IPL form made it difficult for him to be left out as he kept his place in the squad after featuring in the recent T20I series against Afghanistan. The 30-year-old has been in scintillating form for the Chennai Super Kings, amassing 350 runs in nine matches at an impressive strike rate of 172.41.

India have opted for a spin-heavy bowling lineup consisting of Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal while the pace battery will be led by Jasprit Bumrah with the support of Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj and vice-captain Hardik Pandya.

There were no surprises in the selection of the batters, with Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav all expected to shore the top order alongside captain Rohit.

Shubman Gill and Rinku Singh only find a place amongst the reserves along with pacers Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan.

 

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