'We are ready to play horses for courses' – Rohit Sharma on selection calls

'We are ready to play horses for courses' - Rohit Sharma on selection calls

Is India about to unleash Suryakumar Yadav in Test cricket? Impossible to say, as Rohit Sharma remains mum on specific selection calls on the eve of the Nagpur Test, but the India captain has promised a horses-per-course approach through all four Border-Gavaskar Trophy Tests. .
The Nagpur course is expected to be a heavily favored spinners course from day one, which could turn the Test Match into a low-scoring shootout. If India is looking to induce a batsman capable of scoring quickly and unhinging spinners with inventive shots, Suryakumar could be the horse for this course.

“What we have to do is go to each place, see the conditions and try to get the best XI,” Rohit said. “It’s as simple as that, and that’s what we’ve done in the past and that’s what we’ll do in the future.

“The message to the guys has been very clear. We’re ready to play horses on the courses. Any course, whoever we need, we’ve got to bring them. Simple as that. That’s something we’ve talked about with the guys. [about] at the beginning of this series, and we will continue to do so. We have to assess what kind of conditions we’re playing in, who are the right guys to counter those conditions, and things like that. We’re pretty open with all those options.”

Suryakumar and Shubman Gill appear to be in contention for the No. 5 spot, No. 6 if India pushes Ravindra Jadeja up the order, as they have done several times in the recent past, though there is a chance they could both play , if India is prepared to shut out another batsman, possibly KL Rahul.

Rohit highlighted the positives that both Gill and Suryakumar would bring to the lineup if they were selected.

“Gill and Surya bring different things to the table for us,” Rohit said. “Gill, as we all know, has been in supreme form in the last three or four months. Many hundreds, big hundreds too. On the other hand, Surya too, in T20 cricket, has shown what he is capable of and what guy”. of play that he can bring to Test Cricket as well, so both are quality options for us.

“We haven’t decided yet what we need to do with those two guys, but yeah, we’ll take every aspect of the game into account and see what it is. I still have to take a final look at the field and maybe once.” I take a look, I’ll probably have [an answer]. [I won’t reveal it until] Tomorrow at 9 [at the toss]. I’m not going to give you anything today, tomorrow at 9 o’clock is the right time.”

While we may have to wait until then to find out the India line-up, Rohit indicated that the team’s management is looking for someone to fill the void left by Rishabh Pant’s absence. Pant, who underwent surgery after injuring multiple knee ligaments in a car accident in December, is likely to be sidelined for most of 2023. Over the past two years, he was perhaps the best Test hitter from India, rescuing them. of multiple crisis situations with his counter attack skills.

“Rishabh was a very, very important player for us in that middle order, how he hit in the last couple of years for us,” Rohit said. “We’ll definitely miss that, but yeah, we’ve got some guys that come in and do that job for us in the middle. We’re looking at that particular aspect, where we need somebody in the middle to come in and do that, not just in the order medium, even in the higher order.

“Because you’re playing on such challenging courses, you need guys to get up on their feet and find ways to score runs because it’s not going to be easy. We’ve seen that in recent series when we’ve played here.” [in India], you also need to play orthodox cricket. We’ve had a good, solid conversation with all the hitters, finding their own methods of scoring runs, countering what’s on offer and whatnot. Hopefully tomorrow when we start the game we can achieve all of those things.”