T20 WC: Rohit must bat at No 3, let Virat open, opines Ajay Jadeja

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 03, 2024 IST

Rohit Sharma with Virat Kohli

New Delhi, May 3: Former India player Ajay Jadeja is a very witty cricketer. He even has led Team India on a few occasions. His smart moves, bowling changes and field placements have always been exceptional.

In ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023, he was associated with Afghanistan team as a support tea member, Afghans did surprise the cricketing world with their consistent performance and giant-killing shows.

In 2005-07, he played for Rajasthan in domestic matches. There also his leadership and smartness helped Rajasthan to do well. His unique match reading abilities have also earned him respect in his latest role as a TV commentator.

Reacting on Team India's batting order in the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, Ajay Jadeja has a surprising suggestion. Jadeja stated skipper Rohit Sharma should make himself bat at number three and promote Virat Kohli to open the batting.

Rohit and Kohli are India’s top-order batters in their 15-member World Cup squad alongside Yashasvi Jaiswal and Suryakumar Yadav. India are placed in Group A of the competition alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and co-hosts USA.

They will begin their campaign on June 5 against Ireland at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. "For me, Virat Kohli opens. Who goes back? Rohit Sharma bats at three. He gets a little cushion and gets to understand the game, he has so much going on, in his mind as a captain.

“If you have Virat in your side, you know consistency is the one thing you will get, so, might as well use him. He's best at the top and the power play allows him to settle in. When there's 20-30 on the board and then spin comes on, as he stays longer, he gets better. My pick has always been that if Virat is in this squad, he should open," said Jadeja to JioCinema, the official streaming partner of IPL 2024.

Vice-captain Hardik Pandya has been in horrid form with the bat and ball while captaining Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024, but Jadeja thinks the fast-bowling all-rounder will come good in the T20 World Cup.

"The spotlight is on him for obvious reasons. He's a special player, a rare commodity you find in our country where somebody bowls seam-up and can make it to the side with his batting. The selection has not been on form, there's no doubt about it.

“It depends on how you want to play. It's one of the things I look at this team and think they don't have many options. You have established players in the side, everybody is so solid with the numbers that they play at, and what stage they play. It will all depend on what Rohit thinks," he said.

India have opted to take a spin-heavy bowling line-up comprising Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Suresh Raina, the former India batter, thinks Chahal and Kuldeep can be played together in India’s eleven during the World Cup.

"I think both Kuldeep and Chahal should play. I think our X-factor is Chahal. Their partnership will be useful because you're playing on wickets where a spinner needs to create pressure. If Chahal can't do it, Kuldeep can. If Kuldeep can't, Chahal will do it," said Raina.

Will Team India management pay importance to Jadeja or Raina's suggestions? 

Well, that can only be clear when Indian team plays their T20 World Cup 2024 matches in the USA and West Indies in the coming days. (With IANS support)

 

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