Rohit Sharma wants to open for India again Image: Getty
Rohit Sharma played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians' title-winning run this season but instead of his specialised opening slot, the hitman played an unfamiliar role for the champions in the middle order this time around. However, the three-time IPL winning captain insisted his position in the Indian team is at the top of the order and we'll be seeing him in the position in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
The Mumbai captain came into bat in no. 4 in most of the matches, leaving the opening slots to in-form Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler. After Buttler left for international duty, Rohit decided to hand West Indian batsman Lendl Simmons the spot rather than promoting himself.
When asked if he'll be willing to bat in the middle order for Team India in the Champions Trophy starting from June 1, Rohit said, “When you play for India, it’s a different format. I don’t see why people compare IPL and international cricket. My requirement here (with MI) was in the middle-order, and that’s what I did."
Rohit also added that his batting position in the just-concluded IPL was due to the need of the team. “We realised at the start of the IPL that it’s better for me to bat down the order to get that balance right. I go there (to England where the CT is being hosted), it’s a different thing," he said.
The right-handed batsman will take bag-loads of confidence to England coming off the IPL victory which was much-needed, considering the IPL marked his comeback from an injury which sidelined him for 3 months.
India will start their Champions Trophy defence against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.