Captain Rohit Sharma explains his selfless reason to bat at No. 7

Team India chased down the target of 115 runs in only 22.5 overs as they got an amazing victory over the West Indies in the first ODI on Thursday. Although this is not the smoothest of victories, captain Rohit Sharma shuffled his batting order to a large extent, so much so that Virat Kohli didn't even get to bat even though India lost five wickets in the chase. At the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit explained the reason behind such a change in the batting order.
Rohit Sharma said that "I never thought the pitch would play like that; it was the team's need to bowl first and have a score. The pitch had everything for the seamers and spinners, and our guys did well to restrict them to that score. We wanted to give game time to the ODI guys who have come in, and we will keep trying those things whenever possible. To restrict them to 115, we knew we could try these guys and give them a go. I don't think they'll get many chances like this."
He himself came out to bat at No. 7 and remained unbeaten as the team chased down the target. The batting position, incidentally, was the same in which Rohit had made his debut for India, as he further said that, "I made my debut for India and was batting at number 7, which reminded me of those days."



Jul 28, 2023 4:22 AM