Rohit Sharma missed out on India’s first warm-up game against New Zealand on Sunday as personal commitments led to him joining the squad on Saturday evening. However in India’s next match against Bangladesh at The Oval in London on Tuesday (May 30), he will back to the opening slot, having batted down the order during the better part of the Indian Premier League. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশের বিপক্ষে ফিরছেন রোহিত, অনিশ্চিত যুবরাজ]
During India’s successful Champions Trophy campaign in 2013, their then-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to promote Sharma up the order. One of the biggest reasons for India’s success was the Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan duo, who are again back to face the new ball in conditions, which will be pretty familiar to the one they encountered four years back.
However, it is still not clear if Yuvraj Singh, recovering from a bout of viral fever, will be available against the Tigers or not. The veteran also needs some batting practice ahead of the Pakistan game. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli would also like to give Kedar Jadhav a chance to get a decent hit out there in the middle.
After a convincing 45-run victory against New Zealand in a rain-curtailed opening warm-up match, Virat Kohli will pray that his batsmen get some more game time than the 26 overs they got the other day.
The match between Bangladesh and India will kickstart at 3.30pm BdST, with the match being aired live on the Star Sports Network.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com