Opener Rohit Sharma will be back in his familiar opening position with a plan to get some quality batting practice when team India take on Bangladesh in their final warm-up match before the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener against arch-rival Pakistan.
After a convincing 45-run win versus New Zealand in a rain-curtailed opening warm-up game, skipper Virat Kohli will pray that his batsmen get some more game time than the 26 overs they got the other day.
For the Mumbai Indians captain, it will be back to the opening slot, having batted down the order during the better part of the IPL [Indian Premier League]. He missed out on the first match as personal commitments led to him joining the team on Saturday evening.
It will be like a conclution of cycle for Rohit, whose limited overs career was transformed by former skipper MS Dhoni’s inspired decision to promote him up the batting order during the Men In Blue’s successful Champions Trophy campaign in 2013.
One of the biggest reasons for India’s triumph was the Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan duo, which is again back to play against the new ball in conditions, which will be dishy familiar to the one they encountered four years back.
With India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane failing as an opener in the first warm-up match, even the isolated thoughts of a change at the top, if there was one at all, will not be entertained by the team management.
Virat Kohli, after a well-compiled fifty in the first match, would prefer another good hit out there in the middle along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who looked remarkable during his brief stint.
It is still not clear if middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh, recovering from a stint of viral fever will be available today or not. The left-handed batsman also needs some batting practice ahead of the Pakistan match.
The captain would also like to give Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Kedar Jadhav a chance to get a decent hit out there in the middle.
Bangladesh has been a very decent team in 50-overs cricket. A avowal to that was their quarter-final finish during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.The pace attack of Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and captain Mashrafe Mortaza can prove to be more than a handful for any opposition on a given day.
India: Virat Kohli (skipper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahaman, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza [skipper], Rubel Hossain, Mustafzur Rahaman, Taskin Ahmed, Mehedi Hassan, Mosaddek Hossain, Sunzamul Islam, Shafiul Islam.