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5 alternative openers for India

Sanyam Yadav
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Australia v India - Game 3
India needs Rohit Sharma in the middle more than the top

Rohit Sharma has been phenomenal at the top of the order for India in limited overs cricket. His prolific run making has made him one of the mainstays of the Indian batting order. He is one of the best limited overs batsmen in world cricket right now, mainly due to his mastery at building up an innings.

His career was revived once he started opening the Innings for India in white ball cricket. But there is no denying the fact that he is perhaps the best accelerator in the current Indian ODI batting lineup and the team desperately needs a dynamic middle order batsman .He can play some outrageous strokes effortlessly and is familiar with batting in the middle order.

In recent times, the Indian middle order has found it hard to finish the innings on a high. Hence, it might not be a bad idea for the team management to ask Rohit to bat in the middle order and play the role of a dynamic middle order batsman that he is perfectly capable of.

As things stand, Indian batting lineup in One day cricket is too top heavy. Even if the team gets to a good start, there is no guarantee that the score would reach to its potential.

Here, we look at five alternatives of Rohit Sharma at the top of the Indian ODI lineup, if he decides to bat in the middle order:

#1 KL Rahul

Australia v India - 4th Test: Day 3
Kl Rahul deserves a chance in One day Cricket

KL Rahul is a player with a solid technique and a copybook defence. He looks classical in so many ways. What he also has is a power game that very few can match. He makes shot making look tremendously easy and he finds gaps with precision.

Rahul has proven himself in Test cricket and T20 cricket but still has to excell in the ODI arena. He has a wealth of talent and if given a chance on the top, he could utilize the gaps and get the team of to flying starts.

He would also provide solidity at the top and be a perfect foil for Shikhar Dhawan who likes to attack from the get go.

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