September 26, 2023
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Rohit Sharma Reveals India’s Probable Playing XI and New Top Order Strategy for First Test Against West Indies

Indian cricket team captain, Rohit Sharma, provided insights into India’s probable playing eleven for the first Test match against West Indies during a pre-match press conference. He unveiled a revamped top order and highlighted the team’s focus on long-term solutions in the batting lineup.

Following their disappointing defeat to Australia in the ICC World Test Championship final, India has made changes to their squad. Veteran batter Cheteshwar Pujara has been dropped, while opener KL Rahul is unavailable due to injury. In their absence, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad have earned their maiden Test call-ups. Jaiswal is set to open the innings in the first Test at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica, starting on July 12.

Rohit revealed that Shubman Gill, who opened in the WTC final and the last three Test matches, will bat at No.3 in place of Pujara. Gill himself approached head coach Rahul Dravid to express his desire to play in the vacant No.3 position, as he has previous experience batting in that slot in domestic cricket.

Speaking about the batting order, Rohit stated, “As far as the batting order is concerned, Gill will bat at No.3 as he himself wants to play in that slot. He approached Rahul bhai (coach Dravid) and requested the opportunity, as he has played his cricket at No.3 and 4. He feels he could contribute more for the team in that position.”

Rohit also emphasized that India will have a left-right combination at the top, with Yashasvi Jaiswal partnering him as the opener. He highlighted the team’s quest for a long-term solution with a left-hander in the top order, and Jaiswal will have the opportunity to establish himself in that role.

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“It’s a positive development for us to have a left-right combination at the top. Hopefully, this will be a long-term solution as we were in need of a left-hander in the top order. I hope Jaiswal can make that spot his own,” Rohit added.

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