Under his captaincy, Rohit Sharma is seen expressing confidence in the young players according to their talent. From the change in the batting orders of the players to trying new players in the bowling, everything is seen under Rohit’s captaincy. In the recently held T20 series against England, Rohit gave Pant a chance to open the innings, before this series no one would have thought that Pant would ever come as an opener for Team India, but Rohit took this decision. Surprised everyone. Now in the ongoing ODI series against England, he took a decision regarding Pant which was heavy on the team. However, his decision was not wrong.
Actually, in Lord’s ODI, Rohit sent Pant to bat at number four. But Pant returned to the pavilion without opening the account, giving his wicket to Brydon Karse as a gift. In the form of Pant, India lost the third wicket on the score of 29 and the pressure on Team India kept increasing.
Why did Rohit Sharma take this decision?
There could be two reasons for sending Rishabh Pant to number four above Suryakumar Yadav. First to maintain the left and right combination and second to increase the run speed. Actually, Pant came to bat when Shikhar Dhawan was out. At that time Virat Kohli was batting at the other end.
Rohit’s strategy could have been that once the bowlers had caught their line and length at Lord’s, he would not miss the opportunity to dominate the batsmen. If Suryakumar had come to bat with Kohli at that time, the bowlers would have been at ease. Because of this, perhaps Rohit wanted to retain the combination of left and ride.
Also, when Dhawan was out, the team’s score was 27 runs for the loss of two wickets. Dhawan was dismissed after scoring 9 runs in 26 balls, while captain Rohit Sharma could not even open the account. India’s run rate was only 3 in 9 overs, due to which Rohit probably wanted Pant to go and increase the run rate so that the opposition team could come under pressure.
But Pant got out soon and ruined all the strategies of Rohit. However, it is not that Rohit should not try something like this in the next match. In the next match, we can see Pant batting at number four.