Ahead of the final T20I against England, Sunil Gavaskar has asserted that the Indian team needs a solid start from openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to win the series. Gavaskar also added that it was becoming a trend in modern cricket to chase these days as compared to batting first.
Virat Kohli & Co. have known that the English were going to be a tough task to overcome before his squad departed to England for a long and hard foreign tour. They got off to a good start in the first T20I as Kuldeep Yadav wrecked havoc in the batting line-up which helped India to an
But Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar asserted that the visitors needed a strong start at the top of the innings for the rest of the tour if they were to do well against Eoin Morgan & Co. Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have endured a tough start to the UK segment of the tour and have failed to cross the 50-run mark in both their innings so far.
"India lost their first three wickets in a heap including that of the previous game centurion KL Rahul, to a forgettable shot but the skipper along with the experienced Suresh Raina stitched a partnership to steady the innings.
The experienced left-handed batsman also wrote about the changing trend in modern cricket which showed that team’s these days have developed a penchant for chasing a target rather than batting first.
"You know what the asking rate is and can pace the innings accordingly. On the other hand, the team batting first has little option but to try and smash the ball from the word go, as they don’t know what a safe total would be. In attempting that if they lose early wickets especially in the first six overs of field restrictions then it becomes hard to put up a challenging target," added Gavaskar.