Rohit Sharma at 3 or 4: Wasim Jaffer’s Strategy for T20 World Cup

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Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has expressed his opinion on the ideal batting order for the Indian team in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. According to Jaffer, Virat Kohli and Yashasvi Jaiswal should open the innings for the Men in Blue.

Wasim Jaffer’s thoughts on India’s ideal combination at T20 WC

Jaffer reckons that Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper, should bat at either No.3 or 4. This suggestion is based on the fact that Rohit is a brilliant player of quality spin-bowling. The veteran said that batting at No.4 should not be a concern for a batter of Rohit’s class.

Rohit does not have the worst of records while batting at No.3 and 4. In 12 T20Is in those positions, the Indian skipper has scored 315 runs at an average of 39.37 with 4 half-centuries to his name.

Jaffer put forth his options on ‘X’ regarding Rohit and Kohli’s batting positions.

“Kohli and Jaiswal should open in the World Cup imo. Rohit & SKY should bat 3 and 4 depending on the start we get. Rohit plays spin really well so batting at 4 shouldn’t be a concern,” Jaffer wrote.

As far as Kohli is concerned, he has tasted success as an opener, having scored 400 runs from 9 games at an average of 57.14 with a top score of 122 not out against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2022 match. Jaiswal, on the other hand, has a T20I hundred to his name while opening the batting against Nepal in the Asian Games 2023 last year.

The ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in the West Indies and the USA from June 1 to 29. India’s T20 World Cup campaign will commence on June 5 against Ireland at the newly built Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. The highly anticipated clash between India and Pakistan is scheduled for June 9.

The Indian team will be determined to end their ICC trophy drought, having last won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Since then, they have reached the finals and semifinals of various ICC tournaments but have fallen short of securing a major trophy. India’s goal will be to clinch their first T20 World Cup title since winning the inaugural edition in South Africa in 2007.

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