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Rohit Sharma discusses why India is experimenting with various openers in T20Is

On Monday, August 1, the West Indies and India faced off in the second Twenty20 International at Warner Park in St Kitts. West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and chose to bat first. India made one substitution, with fast bowler Avesh Khan replacing spinner Ravi Bishnoi.

This year, India has attempted a number of different opening-innings combinations, particularly in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. In terms of batting position alterations, Rohit said before of the game that the club wants the batters to bat in any order and be adaptable with the lineup.

Rahul, one of India’s regular openers across formats, has been out of the squad since before the start of the home T20I series against South Africa in June owing to a groin injury. In the T20I series against England in July, Rohit and Rishabh Pant started together, while Suryakumar Yadav batted in the middle order.

However, Rohit started with Suryakumar in the first T20I against the West Indies, and India stuck with the tandem for the second T20I. The opening stand put up 44 runs in the first match before Suryakumar was removed for 24 runs off 16 balls in the fifth over. Rohit, on the other hand, was the leading run-scorer, scoring 64 runs off 44 balls.

Dinesh Karthik struck an unbroken 41 runs off 19 balls in the last overs of the game to help India reach 190 for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. West Indies, facing a difficult chase, got off to a bad start, scoring 42 runs for the loss of three wickets in the powerplay.

None of the Windies hitters scored more than 20, resulting in a total of 122 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. And Karthik was named Player of the Match for his batting effort.