Team India limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma stated that he won’t mind opening with Virat Kohli in T20Is if the same augers well for the team. In the fifth and final ODI against England on Saturday, Virat and Rohit started the proceedings for Team India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The talismanic duo stitched 94 runs for the opening wicket off a mere 54 balls and set the platform for a massive score on the board. Even as Rohit got a 34-ball 64, striking at 188.24, the skipper remained unbeaten on 80 off just 52 balls as India crossed the 220-run mark.
Their exploits helped Team India to beat England by 36 runs and seal the five-match series 3-2. The Nagpur-born batsman also wants to stay oblivious of the various opinions on team selection. He is focussed on the plans surrounding the T20 World Cup later in 2021.
“It was good for us to win the game with that batting order. Everything will depend on what the captain is thinking at that particular point in time,” Rohit was quoted as saying in a virtual press conference.
“I am sure we need to sit and analyse and collect our thoughts on what would be the right thing for the team. If that means he has to open with me, so be it, if we feel that is right as a team we will go ahead with that,” he added.
“We are not concerned with what is happening outside, the talks that are taking place outside, and what people are thinking about who should play and who shouldn’t, that doesn’t matter to us,” he stated.
“Getting the right players as in somebody who is in good form, giving him an opportunity, those are the things that really matter, and we will be focussing on that, come the World Cup,” Rohit further added.
The focus will now shift towards the ODI series, starting from Tuesday, March 23 in Pune. The second and third ODI will also be played at the same venue on March 26 and 28 respectively.