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Kishan to open with Rohit in 1st ODI , Covid cases force changes in the squad

Rohit, Six Sports

India will be on the verge to script history as the Men In Blue are set to play their 1000th ODI in Ahmedabad. Rohit Sharma will be leading the side for the first time as a full-time skipper in ODIs. After the disappointing loss in South Africa, India are yet to win a match in 2022. The series against Windies will be significant as the team management looks to find their best 15 for the upcoming ICC events in 2022 and 2023.

Rohit, Six Sports

“Ishan Kishan is the only option we have and he will open with me,”

However, covid cases have once again been an obstacle as senior players like Dhawan, Iyer alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad and net bowler Saini have been ruled out for testing positive.

“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 anyone turning positive and you have to make a change and get someone else,”Rohit said on the team combination.

Mayank Agarwal has been a late addition to the squad but he is under the 3day mandatory isolation before he could join the team. Skipper Rohit Sharma addressed the situation of the dressing room in these “uncertain times”.

Rohit, Six Sports

“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. 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 confirmed that he will open the batting with wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan in the 1st ODI.

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