IND vs WI: Ishan Kishan will open with me as he is only option available, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs WI: India’s new ODI captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday said that Ishan Kishan will open alongside him in the first ODI against the West Indies, as the youngster is the team’s only available option with late arrival Mayank Agarwal serving a necessary quarantine time.
After Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive for COVID-19 and were placed in isolation, Kishan was drafted into the ODI team.
“Ishan Kishan is the only option we have and he will open with me,” Rohit said on the eve of the series-opener.
“Mayank was added to the squad and he is still in isolation. He came (joined) late and we have some rules in place. If someone is travelling, we have to put them in (mandatory 3-day) quarantine. He has still not finished his quarantine, so Ishan will open the innings.
“Unless there’s an injury as we have a training today and there is nothing of that sort,” he added.
Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Gaikwad, who are all COVID positive, are still in isolation, and it’s unclear when they’ll be accessible, said Rohit.
“I have no idea,” Rohit said when asked about the trio availablity.
“At the moment the three guys are in isolation. They are doing pretty well and that’s a good thing. But yeah, it’s so uncertain. Last minute, you will see any one turning positive and you have to make a change and get someone else,” Rohit said.
The skipper acknowledges that a circumstance like this can throw the team’s balance off.
“Look, it is a tricky one (situation). With Covid, there is so much uncertainty and if it happens, how long it takes for recovery is different as every individual is different. Sometimes, it takes 7-8 days and sometimes, it can take 14 days,” he said.
Rohit, who took over as white-ball captain from Kohli, said he just wants to keep things simple and continue where Kohli left off.
“When Virat was the captain, I was the vice-captain. I just have to take it from where he left. Everybody knows what is expected out of them. We want to continue with the same template. Moreover, there is not much we need to change. It is just that adaptability and being open to different things is what we have spoken of. It is not like I have to come in and change things drastically,” said Rohit.
“I just have to take it from where he left and it is important guys understand the responsibilities. This is what I will focus on, giving them the clarity on what is expected out of them,” he added.
When asked if he wanted to lead the Test team, Rohit said:
“My focus right now is to lead India in the ODIs and T20Is against West Indies. Moreover, I am not thinking too far ahead.”
In COVID times, a player may forced to play in a position that isn’t his first choice, said the captain, who expects his teammates to be flexible.
“But these are times that we live and boys in the team understand that. Opportunity can come at any point and they have to be ready for it. But for the team, they have to do it and this is something that we have spoken at length. And made it clear with everyone that this is the possible situation,” the skipper added.
“It can happen at anytime in these situations. So anyone coming in place of anyone should try and adapt quickly. And get the game going on,” he made it clear.