Cricket News With the depth of the Indian cricket team's batting, according to former...

     With the depth of the Indian cricket team’s batting, according to former captain Sunil Gavaskar, Rohit can take his chances.         


    As India’s captain, Rohit Sharma won yet another bilateral series victory as his team overcame Australia in a T20I match on Sunday in Hyderabad. India reached the target in 19.5 overs after setting a target of 187. Rohit, the captain, made 17 from 14 balls. His brief innings featured two fours and a six. When facing Pat Cummins in the fourth over, he displayed symptoms of aggression and was caught off guard. Rohit can take his chances because of the depth of the Indian cricket team’s batting order, according to former captain Sunil Gavaskar. “If you have a long batting line-up, that’s the way you should be playing. Yes, we want to see him bat longer, we want to see him bat for 10-12 overs because then you are pretty certain. Because in those 10-12 overs, India is 120-odd with the way he bats. But because he is getting India to flying starts and because he has got 5,6,7 who can take the game away. Today look at the way Hardik Pandya came in towards the end. With that kind of batting order, you can take chances,” Sunil Gavaskar stated.

    “Clearly, getting the captain of a team is always a big plus for the opposition. It’s like getting the head of the snake is what they say. That’s why if you are an opening batsman, bowlers will target you – the captain. Get you to demoralise the side. But this side has so many class players.” Speaking of the game, Australia produced 186 for six after being asked to bat. Tim David (54) supplied the finishing touch and Cameron Green (52) scored the opening goal. Axar Patel (3/33), who took advantage of the pitch’s grip and turn, managed to take three wickets while also pulling off a spectacular runout. Yuzvendra Chahal (1/22) was also in the zone and threw a cost-effective spell.

    Suryakumar Yadav (69), who was chasing 187, planned the devastation while Virat Kohli (63) took the back seat. India had eight wickets in hand and needed 96 runs at the midway point. Suryakumar quickly reached fifty as the pair scored 15 runs off Adam Zampa’s thirteenth over. With India needing 53 runs off the final six overs, Australia staged a comeback and ended Suryakumar’s brilliant effort. However, Kohli carried on with his work, hitting Pat Cummins for a six in the very next over. In 36 balls, he reached his first fifty of the series.


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