Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul might all play together, says Kohli
Contrary to all the talk, there might be a possibility where all three -- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and K.L. Rahul -- will play against Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series starting Tuesday, India skipper Virat Kohli has said.
Mumbai : Contrary to all the talk, there might be a possibility where all three -- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and K.L. Rahul -- will play against Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series starting Tuesday, India skipper Virat Kohli has said.
"Look, a guy in form is always good for the team...You obviously want to have the best players available and then choose from what the combination should be for the team.
There might be a possibility that all three (Rohit, Shikhar and Rahul) might play. It will be interesting to see what balance we want to take in on the field," Kohli said on the eve of the match scheduled to be played at the Wankhede.
With Rohit having had an excellent 2019 -- 2,442 runs across formats -- there is a three-way tussle for India's white-ball opening slots. It gets particularly stiffer in T20Is, with Rahul averaging 44.17 in the format, as opposed to Dhawan's 28.35.
The 34-year-old Dhawan, who was making a comeback after an injury layoff, scored 32 and 52 in the two games against Sri Lanka and is not fussed about the competition.
Kohli was quizzed about his batting position if all three play as the captain comes in at No.3.
"I would be very happy to bat (lower down the order). Look I am not possessive about where I play. I am not insecure about where I bat," he said.
On the eve of India's ODI opener, Kohli said his side is "absolutely open" to play pink-ball Test in their next tour Down Under.
"Look we played the day-night Test here, we were pretty happy with how it went and it has become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we are absolutely up to playing day-night Tests," Kohli told reporters ahead of the first ODI of the three-match series against Australia.
"We are absolutely up for the challenge and whether its Gabba, Perth doesn't matter to us. We do have the skillsets now to compete against anyone in the world anywhere in any format of the game," Kohli added.