"The last time India had a left-arm seamer was a long time back", Rohit said at Wankhede Stadium, his home ground and venue for the first ODI. It should be mentioned here that in the last ODI series against Australia, the Mumbai batsman had hit four half centuries.
South Africa's AB de Villiers on Friday pipped India captain Virat Kohli to become the world No.1 ODI batsman, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. We felt KL opens mostly where he plays, we don't want to have a situation like Jinks was going through in between - having to play in the middle order forcefully because the top order was doing well. "We need to bring in guys who have the ability and have done well in domestic cricket and India A, and track their performances and give them chances accordingly".
With Rahane's impressive form, his record at No. 4 being better than his overall record and India's struggle for a reliable No. 4 batsman, there may well have been a case for Rahane being switched into a middle-order batsman's role, similar to the one K. L. Rahul donned for a while before being omitted from the squad.
Rahul was part of India's squad during their 4-1 win over Australia last month, but the consistent performances of openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane made it hard for him to break into the playing XI.
In fact his career average makes him sit in the top three for anyone who has played a minimum of 20 innings. You need to find your game in ODI cricket, you need to understand how to go about things in ODI cricket and he's been very solid at the top order because of his technique. And he likes playing there as well. "But Jinx (Rahane) has performed well, stood up and taken his chances", Kohli told reporters here. "If there is an injury or anything, he is right at the doorstep, we don't want to confuse him in any way", said the skipper. He's pretty happy with his batting at the moment. Add to this the travel days and training and it is easy to see why the team has hardly got a breather.
Kane Williamson is hoping Latham and Co live up to the challenge in the ODI series where negotiating Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the middle overs will be the key. "People count the results and we have the results and that matters", said the captain. Ashwin and Jadeja have been playing for the past 6-7 years.
"Yes, we played a couple of games in the World Cup, against other opposition, but the guys have played IPL games here, it is a nice stadium and so it is nice to get the series underway here at the Wankhede", said the 27-year-old batsman.