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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma breaks the silence on the decision to send Rishabh Pant to open the innings in the second of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies that India won by 44 runs.
Why Pant Opened the Innings in 2nd ODI vs WI
During the post-match presentation, the Indian skipper weighed in on the decision to let Pant open the innings. Sharma said it was a “one-off experiment”.
He said, “I have been asked to try different things, so that was something different (on Pant opening). We wanted to try it one game and is not a permanent thing.”
“Shikhar should be back for the next game. We don’t mind losing a few games while trying out a few things. Because it is important to look at the long term goals. We will see what works out well for the team combination (for the final ODI),” he added.
Rohit also said that there were some challenges produced by Windies batters but the entire unit came out and bowled superbly.
“Obviously winning the series is a good feeling. There were some challenges. The partnership between Rahul and Surya had a lot of maturity. We got to a respectable total in the end. We knew we could fight it out. The entire unit came out and bowled superbly,” he said.
Watch IND vs WI 2nd ODI – Post Match Presentation
Speaking of the 2nd ODI vs West Indies, stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and opted to field first. India after losing their opening batsman Rohit Sharma struggles a lot and loses their top-order batsman Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant for 18 runs each.
KL Rahul and SKY started to build a partnership and leads India towards a safer zone but in an uncomfortable run between the wicket, KL Rahul loses his wicket for 49 and missed his half-century.
At the end of 50 overs, India scored 237 runs for 9 wickets loss. With a target of 238 runs, West Indies tried to make a steady start which was broken by Indian aggressive bowling attack.
Prasidh Krishna with his four-wicket haul leads India to a comfortable win by 44 runs and makes India to lead the 3 match ODI series by 2-0.