India’s bench-strength is so strong that when you say, Ishan Kishan to replace Shubman Gill, there are more other players. A full 15 member squad excluding Shubman Gill would be ready to play the 2023 World Cup, starting today, Sunday big match. Australia is that side, which believes in playing according to the situation. If India to thrash Aussie hopes of coming back anytime in the game on Sunday, should play aggessively.
Leave aside Ishan Kishan. But when asked Ishan Kishan said: “I’m happy to play on this opening slot”. Means he enjoys playing at number 1 or number 2 position as one of the opening combination. However, Rohit Sharma did not say, that Shubman Gill is completely ruled out from Sunday’s big match.
One would like to suggest this way, if Ishan Kishan to replace Shubman Gill looks ideal, India can still play KL Rahul to open the innings. This means, without Ishan Kishan, still India looks strong if Gill is out because of dengue. Gill firstly suffered from high fever, later he was tested positive to dengue. The team goes like this, KL(1or 2), Rohit(1or2), Virat(3), Shreyas(4), Hardik(5), Suryakumar(6), Jadeja(7), Kuldeep(8), Bumrah(9), Siraj(10). Now, add one one more player to make it 11 all set, which would be none other than Ishan Kishan.
“I’m happy to play on this opening slot”. Kishan said, joyfully. “I always look forward to opening position, which I like the most. However, I’m ready to play at any number”. This is how, the team India is all set to play their first World Cup’s ODI. #INDvAUS to start on Sunday at 2: pm at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
In Chennai, it’s a quite balanced pitch, assists both batters and bowlers. Spinners would be at an advantage, and so a 270 plus would be a par score.
Since Rohit Sharma is confident of playing 3 spinners, add Ashwin too, above as mentioned or make your own team. However, it’s pretty cool if Hardik bowls just 6-7 overs, and Ashwin given a chance to take advantage of Chennai’s conditions. Six bowling options would be better.
Finally, Ishan Kishan to replace not only Shubman Gill, but also would open the innings. The playing 11 looks crystal clear now.