India-Sri Lanka third ODI being played in Thiruvananthapuram
Shubman Gill combined with Rohit Sharma to get India off to a scintillating start
Gill won the trust of the selectors, now confirmed as an opener
New Delhi. ODI World Cup is to be held in India in October-November this year. Team India last won the World Cup in 2011 at their home. In such a situation, due to the World Cup being held at home, the expectations from Team India are high. India has started this year well. After defeating Sri Lanka in the T20 series, there is an eye on a clean sweep in the ODI series as well.
When Team India was selected for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the name of Rohit Sharma’s old opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was not there. Shubman Gill was given a chance in his place. Shubman Gill started the innings not only in T20 but also in the ODI series against Sri Lanka and he was successful in leaving his mark in both the formats. This was the reason why Gill was given a chance in the ODI series against New Zealand as well and Dhawan’s name was not even in the team selected for this series.
Dhawan’s average and strike rate dropped significantly
Till 6 months ago, Dhawan was captaining the ODI team in the absence of Rohit Sharma. He started the innings in more than half a dozen ODIs with Gill last year. The Gill-Dhawan pair was also a hit. Dhawan was definitely scoring runs. But, his strike rate had come down to around 70. At the same time, Gill was scoring runs at a strike rate of more than 100. The proof of this is the ODI record of both in 2022.
Gill is hitting runs at a strike rate of over 100
Dhawan played the maximum number of 22 ODIs for India last year. In this, he scored 688 runs at an average of 34. While Gill played half the ODIs with him and scored 638 runs at an average of over 70. Gill’s strike rate was 102. While Dhawan scored only at a strike rate of 74. Which was the lowest in the last 3 years in his ODI career.
Dhawan’s age also came in his way
Apart from this, Dhawan’s age also became 37 years. Just these two things seemed to be going against him and keeping in mind the ODI World Cup and the T20 World Cup to be held in 2024, Gill was considered more suitable for the opening and this right-handed batsman has proved it right so far. .
The color that Gill showed in 2022, he is seen in the same rhythm in the beginning of 2023 and this year he is competing with captain Rohit Sharma for scoring the most runs in ODIs.
Rohit gets new opening partner
Gill may have missed a century in the Guwahati ODI against Sri Lanka. But, he played an inning of 70 runs in 60 balls. Together with Rohit, he gave a fast start to the team. For this reason, India was able to build a mountain of 370 runs in Guwahati.
Now he also laid the foundation of a big score for India by scoring a half-century in the Thiruvananthapuram ODI. The way the selectors are showing confidence in him. From that it became clear that Rohit has found his new opening partner in the World Cup. It is difficult for Shikhar Dhawan, who is already out of T20 and Test team, to return to the ODI team.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 15, 2023, 15:00 IST