3 reasons why Rohit Sharma should bat in the middle order
There is no doubt that Rohit Sharma is a prodigy. As an opener he has been absolutely outstanding, and has broken several records. In this decade, he has been among the best openers in limited overs cricket; an average of 57.26 since 2013 shows his class.
Most importantly, Rohit makes for a fantastic trio with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.
But while Rohit has been exemplary in the opening position, by nature he is a middle order batsman. And looking at the current ODI side, if he bats in the middle order then it could be extremely beneficiary for the team.
Here are three reasons why Rohit the middle order batsman can be a better choice for the Indian ODI side than Rohit the opener:
#1 Ability to hit sixes from Ball 1
In recent times, India have been below-par when it comes to finishing the innings on a high. With MS Dhoni's hard-hitting skills having declined, the team has been left with only the youngsters to do the job.
Rohit's six-hitting ability is beyond reproach. He has hit 215 sixes so far in his ODI career, ranked at number five in the list of most sixes in ODI cricket.
As an opener, he takes times against the new ball before unleashing his repertoire of shots. But as a middle-order batsman, he could be devastating straightaway against a weary ball.
Rohit has repeatedly shown the ability to hit the best of the bowlers out of the park with ease. In the death overs, when the opposition bowlers try to block the batsmen, the value of an experienced hard-hitter can't be overstated.
Rohit could also be the perfect guide for young finishers batting around him in the death overs.