The strategic choice by Team India to give star batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma some rest ended up backfiring, as the visitors suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of West Indies in the second ODI on Saturday.
Team India’s decision to rest their star batters, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, proved to be a setback as they suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of West Indies in the second ODI on Saturday. Similar to the first ODI, the Indian team management opted to shuffle their batting order, with Ishan Kishan opening alongside Shubman Gill. While Ishan Kishan (55) and Shubman Gill (34) provided a promising start with a 90-run partnership for the first wicket, India subsequently experienced a batting collapse, ultimately being bowled out for a mere 180 runs. West Indies comfortably chased down the target.
Former India selector Saba Karim criticized the management’s decisions, citing that the constant changes in the batting order have created confusion and could potentially pose problems leading up to the World Cup.
“Even regular players need the opportunity to face challenges. At the number four position, one would hope for Shreyas Iyer to deliver, but he too needs time to settle in. The question arises: who serves as the backup? Is it Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, or Sanju Samson? If it is, then the batting order should be structured accordingly. Batting first posed a challenge for us, and having the right batting order would have been ideal,” Karim expressed on Jio Cinema.
Regarding the decision to rest Rohit and Kohli, Karim questioned why they were included in the squad if they weren’t going to play. He suggested that fresh faces could have been chosen for the tour instead.
“Moreover, why were Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli excluded from playing? If they were not intended to participate, then why include them in the squad? It would have been more sensible to select new talents, especially considering that the World Cup is approaching, and time is limited,” he added.
In the first ODI, Kohli did not get an opportunity to bat, while Rohit played a brief innings coming in at number seven. Both players are expected to make their appearance in the series decider scheduled for Monday.