Sunil Gavaskar has suggested giving the No.4 spot to Virat Kohli and replacing him with Ajinkya Rahane at No. 3, leaving Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma free to open. Following Rahane's brilliant display against Australia, Gavaskar thinks shuffling the positions will help India accommodate him.
The selection of the middle order for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand, scheduled to start from October 22, has distressed the Indian team management along with captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Ravi Shastri. Shikhar Dhawan has just replaced Ajinkya Rahane for the upcoming T20 series against Australia, which starts on Saturday and might as well feature in the ODI series against New Zealand. This will lead to India having three players for the opening slot, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma.
Despite the stunning performance put forth by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane against Australia, the Rohit-Shikhar partnership retains huge support owing to their marvelous success in the Australia series. Dhawan was excused from the team for the first three ODIs of recently concluded series to attend his unwell wife and has now returned
Speaking to NDTV, Gavaskar said, "Probably, it will be Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as openers for India, a good
If the team management decides to drop Rahane from the playing XI in the ODI format, it would be quite unfair to him, after scoring four half-centuries against Australia. India