In the second One-Day International against Bangladesh on December 7, Rohit Sharma chose to bat at position nine, drawing criticism from former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar. He thinks India may have crept home with Axar Patel, their captain, and all-around player, in the middle.

India lost the Bangladesh ODI series for the second time in a row despite Rohit Sharma’s late fireworks. The Mumbai opener scored an unbeaten 51 off 28 balls despite having to bat at number nine owing to a thumb injury. The guests, who were aiming for 271, fell five runs short.

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Gavaskar told Sony that if the skipper had come to bat sooner, Axar might have batted sensibly rather than taking the risky shot. Before getting caught attempting to push for the win, the left-hander was able to collect a critical 56(56). Gavaskar believed that India would have had a better chance of winning had Rohit entered the game earlier.

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“In hindsight, you can say that is why did he not come to bat earlier. If he could have come out to bat at number 9, he should have come out to bat at number 7. I think this would have meant that Axar Patel could have batted differently”

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“Axar Patel when he saw Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar, he might have thought that Rohit Sharma was not going to come out and he would not have gone for the unnecessary shot,” Gavaskar stated.

Rohit Sharma to miss the third ODI against Bangladesh:

Rahul Dravid, the team’s head coach, has confirmed that Rohit Sharma will play in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh on Saturday and that he will be available for the ensuing two-Test series.

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“We are struggling with a few injuries as well. Not ideal. Kuldeep, Deepak, and Rohit will certainly miss the next game. Rohit will miss the next game, fly back to Bombay, consulting with an expert. Whether he will return for the Test series or not, I am not sure. It’s too early to say. injections and then get back to the field.”

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Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)

“Credit to him, he was very determined to have to go out and take a chance. It was amazing how close he got us,” Rahul Dravid Added.

The visitors will attempt to secure a consolation victory in the third ODI on Saturday. India also suffered a one-wicket loss in the inaugural ODI.

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