India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday stated he’s ready to bat anyplace for the nation within the remaining two ODIs in opposition to Australia. Dhawan, who returned to India’s ODI aspect after an harm lay-off, was India’s prime-scorer within the 1st ODI in opposition to Australia by which India suffered a 10-wicket drubbing after a spot of 15 years. India’s resolution to play each Dhawan and Rahul within the XI and demote Kohli to No.four met with a variety of criticism from former cricketers from each India and Australia. The likes of VVS Laxman, Matthew Hayden, Murali Kartik believed that Kohli batting at No.four as a substitute of his most well-liked No.3 slot was one of many foremost causes behind the Indian innings not getting the required momentum within the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
India managed to placed on a beneath-par 255 all out regardless of their being a 121-run partnership for the second wicket between Dhawan and Rahul.Australia chased down the goal within the 38th over with each Aaron Finch and David Warner smashing unbeaten centuries.
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“If they ask me to bat at No.3, of course I’ll do it. Anything for my country, for sure,” Dhawan, who opened the batting with Rohit Sharma, stated on the submit-match press convention.
“You have to be mentally strong, all the boys are mentally strong, that’s why they’ve been playing international cricket and its part of the journey, sometimes you’ve to switch numbers as well,” he added.
Dhawan scored 74 off 91 and KL Rahul 47 off 61 however each bought out at essential phases of the match.
“See that is a captain’s choice, KL is batting well, he did well in the last series and he played really well and he played well today,” stated Dhawan.
“I feel it is the captain’s choice where he wants to play and he has done amazing at No. 3, maybe I feel, he will think about it to go at number three again,” he added.
Skipper Kohli has additionally insisted that he might need to “rethink” his plans going into the remaining matches of the collection.
“(On batting at 4) We’ve had this discussion many times in the past as well. Because of the way KL (Rahul) has been batting, we have tried to fit him in the batting line-up. But I don’t think it’s gone quite our way whenever I batted at four so probably will have to rethink about that one,” Kohli stated on the submit-match presentation ceremony.
“It’s about giving some guys opportunities. Every now and then, it’s about putting people up there and testing them. People need to relax and not panic with one game. I am allowed to experiment a little bit and fail at times. Today was one of the days it didn’t come off,” he added.
Dhawan additionally echoed his captain’s sentiments about Tuesday’s defeat being a one-off efficiency. “See it is just one bad day in office. We played really well against West Indies, there all the batsmen did well.”
The subsequent match is in Rajkot on Friday, which if levelled, the collection will then be determined in Bengaluru on Sunday.
(With company inputs)