Why Rohit Sharma drop Yashasvi Jaiswal from Team India’s Playing XI?

Indian skipper and opening batsman Rohit Sharma might drop the young left-handed batter Yashasvi Jaiswal from the playing XI due to the team’s perfectly equipped combination of batters and bowlers in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 tournament. In addition to his underwhelming performance in IPL 2024, the high expectations from the opening combination of Rohit and Kohli might allow additional options in the middle order, especially on slow pitches in the USA and West Indies.

Even during the warm-up match against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma opened up the innings by experimenting with Sanju Samson in Virat Kohli’s absence. Although Jaiswal could have been included to form the perfect right and left-hand opening combination, he couldn’t get an opportunity to bat in the practice match.

The same happened during Team India’s first match where Rohit Sharma preferred to open the innings with Kohli rather than Jaiswal. However, Rishabh Pant managed to deliver back-to-back exceptional performances batting at the third position.

Furthermore, few others doubt that the all-rounder Shivam Dube’s inclusion in the selected XI might create a barrier for Yashasvi Jaiswal to prove his talent with limited opportunities. Let’s find out if Rohit Sharma was right in his decision to exclude Yashasvi or not.

Unimpressive performance in IPL 2024 

After delivering a mind-blowing performance in the 5-match test series against England, Yashasvi Jaiswal was expected to have one of the special IPL 2024 campaigns, possibly becoming the season’s highest run scorer.

Conversely, Yashasvi Jaiswal as the opening batter of Rajasthan Royals scored just 435 runs in 15 innings at an average of 31.07 and a strike rate of 155.91. Despite smashing a magnificent century against Mumbai Indians (MI) and a brilliant half-century against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), his inconsistent form raised uncertainty about his inclusion in Team India’s World Cup XI.

Advantage of Rohit-Kohli Opening Combination

The team management’s decision to accommodate Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as the opening combination (popularly the duo known as the “Ro-Ko” pairs) could provide additional opportunities to include power-hitting batters in the middle order. As a result, Shivam Dube could bat at No.4, Suryakumar Yadav at No.5, and Hardik Pandya at No.6. Additionally, the two other spin bowling all-rounders namely Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel have the chances to bat at No.7 and No.8. If possible, Suryakumar Yadav can be promoted in the batting order either to his preferred No.3 position or the fourth position.

Therefore, Jaiswal being a top-order batter, wouldn’t allow Rohit Sharma to experiment with the middle-order batting lineup.

Shivam Dube: An additional pace bowling all-rounder

Earlier, the vice-captain Hardik Pandya was the only promising pace bowling all-rounder in Team India’s squad, and Shivam Dube as an additional backup might bolster the batting and bowling line-up. The Indian cricket team’s playing XI consists of top pacers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Arshdeep Singh.

Furthermore, Hardik and Dube’s contribution as power-hitting middle-order batters and medium pacers would strengthen the team to the next level. Consequently, Yashasvi Jaiswal, being qualified only as a specialist batsman, gets less preference compared to the batting all-rounder Shivam Dube.

Rishabh Pant Batting Position at No.3

On a slowish pitch like the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, the left-handed batter Rishabh Pant has proven his ability to anchor the team’s innings in two games and play destructive knocks. The 26-year-old cricketer batting at the No.3 position achieved an impressive score so far and the stats are tabulated below:

MatchRunsBallsNumber of FoursNumber of SixesStrike Rate
India vs Bangladesh   (Warm-Up Match)53   (retired out)3244165.62
India vs Ireland   (8th match, Group A )36 (not out)2632138.46

Is Yashasvi Jaiswal not a part of Team India’s plan?

Probably, Yashasvi Jaiswal might not be a part of Team India’s playing XI for the next two games against Pakistan (on June 9) and the United States (on June 12) played at the Nassau Cricket Stadium.

One of the main incidents that highlight Jaiswal’s omission from India’s playing XI was the warm-up match against Bangladesh and the group stage clash against Ireland played at the same venue. Players such as Shivam Dube, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya got sufficient time, but Jaiswal wasn’t even allowed into the middle.

This is because Rohit Sharma revealed that the players are getting used to the new conditions. In other words, the Indian skipper indirectly points out the fact experienced batters are struggling to score runs on a slow track in the USA and a young talented player like Yashasvi Jaiswal might face the same issue.

Considering all these factors, there are chances that Yashasvi might get a chance to play on familiar pitches like the West Indies. Therefore, the exclusion of the promising youngster for a few more games might continue to spread gossip in the upcoming days.

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