Rohit, Shikhar to open in 1st ODI: Kohli

Pune: Shikhar Dhawan, who was dropped from the playing eleven after the first T20I, will open the batting with Rohit Sharma in the first ODI against England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, India skipper Virat Kohli said on Monday.

India has featured four opening combinations in the recent five-match T20 International series against England with Kohli and Sharma opening in the final match.

“When it comes to ODI cricket, I don’t think there is any issue or doubt over Rohit or Shikhar opening together. They have been amazing for us in the past few years,” said Kohli while speaking to the media in the pre-match media interaction.

For the England side, fast bowler Jofra Archer has been dropped even England Test captain Joe Root has been excluded from the squad.

The ongoing ODI series with 3 matches (March 23, 26 and 28) is being played in a year where the focus is more on the T20Is due to the T20 World Cup that will be played in India in October-November as well as the World Test Championship final in London in June where India play New Zealand.

India’s ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur.

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