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‘Kohli has batted at 3….openers can’t bat down, woh pagalpanti nahi karte hum’: Rohit Sharma on India’s Asia Cup squad

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With less than two months time left in the 2023 ODI World Cup, India announced their 17-man squad for the Asia Cup starting later this month. Despite the return of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, there are doubts still hovering around the team’s middle order with the addition of Tilak Varma into the mix alongside Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav.

In his address post the squad announcement, skipper Rohit Sharma made it clear that players needed to be prepared for a flexible-looking middle order. What did he mean by flexibility?

“I will make you understand! Flexibility is required, doesn’t mean send opener at no. 7. Or send Hardik Pandya as opener. In the last four-five years, Kohli has batted at No.3. The new guys at no. 4, no. 5 players need to be flexible. Even in my career…we all have done that. That’s the flexibility I am talking about. Not making opener down, woh pagalpanti nahi karte (We don’t do that madness),” Sharma said in the press conference on Monday.

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