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India look to play 11 batsmen.

by KhufiaBaaz

16th Oct, 2010.
On the eve of India’s 1st ODI against Australia at Kochi, it is learnt that India will pack itself with as many as eleven batsmen. In its last played ODI against Sri Lanka, India went in with seven batsmen including MS Dhoni.

Justifying some of the selections, team management said, “Yuvraj still has a lot of cricket in him, and all it takes is a few dropped catches, and lucky breaks from the umpire for Yuvi to bounce back and get some runs. In any case he is part of our World Cup plans and it’s too late to try new batsmen.

As for Rohit Sharma, these were the reasons –“he has only played 53 one-day games and averages in the low 20s (29.48), and we have now redefined his role as a lower order batsman, a finisher so to speak – he will be a floater, and will bat anywhere from No. 7 to No. 11 depending on the situation. Also, we are looking at playing him as the world’s first fielding all-rounder, a catching all-rounder to be precise.

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