IND VS WI: Rohit Sharma Confirms Ishan Kishan Will Open in India vs West Indies 1st ODI
IND VS WI: Rohit Sharma confirmed on Saturday that Ishan Kishan will open in India’s upcoming first One-Day International (ODI) against West Indies. The first ODI is scheduled to be played on Sunday (Feb. 6) at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Kishan, along with Mayank Agarwal, was added in India’s ODI squad after covid struck the Indian camp earlier this week. As many as three players were confirmed to have contracted the virus: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
“Ishan Kishan is the only option we have and he will open with me. Mayank was added to the squad and he is still in isolation. He came (joined) late and we have some rules in place. If someone is traveling, we have to put them in (mandatory 3-day) quarantine. He has still not finished his quarantine, so Ishan will open the innings,” Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI.PTI
India will also be without KL Rahul, who could have also opened but is unavailable for selection due to undisclosed reasons. However, the Indian vice-captain will join the Indian camp ahead of the second ODI. Read our daily cricket betting tips here in our site.
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Meanwhile, Rohit also hinted that COVID positive trio of Dhawan, Iyer, and Gaikwad could miss the entire three-match ODI series.
“I have no idea,” Rohit said when asked when the trio would be available in the pre-match conference.
“At the moment the three guys are in isolation. They are doing pretty well and that’s a good thing. But yeah, it’s so uncertain. Last-minute, you will see anyone turning positive and you have to make a change and get someone else.
“Look, it is a tricky one (situation). With Covid, there is so much uncertainty and if it happens, how long it takes for recovery is different as every individual is different. Sometimes, it takes 7-8 days and sometimes, it can take 14 days,” the Indian skipper further added.
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“But these are times that we live and boys in the team understand that. Opportunities can come at any point and they have to be ready for it. But for the team, they have to do it and this is something that we have spoken at length and made it clear with everyone that this is the possible situation.
“It can happen at anytime in these situations. So anyone coming in place of anyone should try and adapt quickly and get the game going on,” said Rohit.
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