Reetinder Sodhi believes indifferent form of Indian higher order could be cause for concern
Reetinder Sodhi said the indifferent form of India’s top batsmen in the County Select XI warm-up could be a major cause for concern for the team.
The Indian squad was reduced to 107-4 in the practice match, with Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari falling to the bottom. KL Rahul (101) and Ravindra Jadeja (75) were the only Indian batsmen to have played substantial punches.
During a discussion on India News, Reetinder Sodhi pointed out that India’s top batsmen will be massively tested by England’s powerful bowling attack. He said:
“This could be a huge cause for concern because we all know the new ball is causing problems in England. And the English fast bowlers are strong so the Indian opener will have to do well.”
The former Indian polyvalent stressed that Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli would have their hands full to try to rectify this problem. Reetinder Sodhi observed:
“Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli will definitely be working on that, and this match is the countdown to the test match. Whatever preparation you do here, you will move it forward to the test match.”
The Indian First Order also failed to deliver in the World Trial Championship final against New Zealand, which was one of the main reasons for their loss. While Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill provided a decent start in the opening innings, neither player made a substantial blow.
“Much will depend on Rohit Sharma” – Reetinder Sodhi
While observing that KL Rahul’s good form could earn him a place at the top of the table, Reetinder Sodhi said the Indian team will rely heavily on Rohit Sharma. He said in this regard:
“I think a lot will depend on Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul have shown very good form; there is a possibility that they will have to open. But our top three batsmen, including Pujara, will necessarily have to score points in this whole series, otherwise things can get difficult. “
The 40-year-old concluded by saying that Virat Kohli could bring back the advantage if the Indian First Order triggers, noting:
“After that, the ace of our pack, Virat Kohli, his good form can help us win the series.”
With Shubman Gill excluded from the series, India will have to choose between Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner. The latter showed excellent form in the practice match but may have to score points at the top of the second set to settle the debate.