Rahul's batting position depends on Virat: Rohit

By PTI Published on Jul 12, 2018 03:55 PM IST

Nottingham: KL Rahul has made a case for himself in the shorter formats with a string of good scores but his batting position against England in the three-match ODI series will primarily depend on where skipper Virat Kohli wants to bat, said Indian team's vice captain Rohit Sharma.

Kohli has a phenomenal record batting at No 3 but Rahul has impressed one and all with his performance in the T20 Internationals coming one down.

The skipper dropped himself at No 4 for the T20s against Ireland and England but it will be interesting if he follows the same strategy in the 50 over format too.

"Speaking of Rahul batting at 3 or 4, I don't know where he'll bat in ODIs. Certainly he has been in great form. We have got to see tomorrow where he actually bats. It will either be No 3 or 4. I don't know where the captain wants to bat. That will be the most important question," Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI against England.

Rohit was all praise for Rahul's ability to play match winning knocks.

"I think Rahul's a quality player -- wherever he bats he will make an impact for sure. I think he's looking forward to this opportunity. He has waited for a long time. He certainly wants to make an impact. And we have seen how good he had been batting recently. So he will be eager to go out there and make an impact," he added.

On a personal note, he is happy to start off well having hit a 97 against Ireland and a century in the decider against England.

With the World Cup scheduled in England next year, this will be a good preparation in terms of gauging the conditions, he feels.

"It is going to be important for us to see where we stand as a team, in terms of our combination and what sort of targets are going to be available for us. This tour brings another challenge for us and see where we stand as a team, and what we need to do to move forward," he concluded.