“He Is An Opening Alternative For India In ODIs”: Saba Karim’s Controversial Statement On This Indian Rising Star

The Indian team got another disappointment in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, and BCCI is in action after that exit. First, they sacked the interim chief selection committee led by Chetan Sharma. Now men in blue have started preparing for India’s upcoming ODI world cup 2023. The regular Indian squad will play the ODI series against Bangladesh beginning on December 4th.

Talking in the media, Indian former cricketer Saba Karim shared his opinion when he was asked about the newcomers like Rajat Patidar and Rahul Tripathi; he said such players need to be encouraged. They have done well in IPL and with the white ball at domestic levels and need an opportunity at the international stage.

“I am not looking so far at this stage. These two are exciting talents. I’ve talked about the need to restructure the way we white-ball cricket. It is not a bad idea to try out a few youngsters and see whether they fit into that kind of template. I think these are good times for such cricketers to come through the system. They’ve done well in the IPL, and they’ve done well in white-ball cricket at the domestic level. Such people need to be encouraged,” said Saba Karim.

Also, speaking on the preparation for the 50-over world cup, he stated that the selection committee must trust the players and apply the strategy on the bigger stage.

“We first need to wait for the selection committee to come in. The selection committee, along with the team management, need to work out a strategy they have in mind, leading up to the World Cup,” Karim added.

KL Rahul is one of the vital players, and Saba was asked for another batting position for KL other than opening. Saba described that he is very classy and can bat in the middle order. But I can’t tell the exact batting spot for him.

“I look at him more as an opening alternative for Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. He has done well for India as an opener. He is such a classy player. It’s just a matter of time for him to strike form. But, I really don’t know what number he will bat. If not an opener, do we use him as a middle-order batter? Can we give him a long rope there? There are so many other contenders in the frame. Right now, that’s the kind of ambiguity I see in the current 15. That’s something that needs to be settled as soon as possible by the team management and the captain,” he added.

In the upcoming series against Bangladesh, regular captain Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are back in the squad; however, India’s second-string ODI skipper Shikhar Dhawan is also selected in the team. Now it will be interesting to see who will be the opening pair and who will play in the middle batting order of the Indian team in the ODIs series

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