Vijay Shankar might have been replaced by Rishabh Pant for the number 4 position on the pitch but Rohit Sharma said that there is no uncertainty regarding the Number 4 spot and insisted that the all-rounder is team’s top-notch choice for the position. In the two innings played by Shankar, he has scored 29 runs and 14 runs in matches against Afghanistan and West Indies and was looking forward to play against England but a mild toe discomfort ruled him out.
He got hit on his toe by Jasprit in the net session, so he was not fully fit for this particular game
The same was reckoned by the captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli after Pant replaced Shankar who scored 32 runs off 29 balls along with four boundaries even though the team failed to reach the target. Despite Pant replacing the Shankar for the No.4 spot, the team management urges that there is no uncertainty regarding it.
“I thought we made it very clear at the start that Vijay would play, but before the game he got a toe issue. He got hit on his toe by Jasprit in the net session, so he was not fully fit for this particular game. Again, every team will have one or two or three unsettled players. That is what it is,” said Rohit Sharma.
The tournament we’ve seen, there has been changes every now and then
He further talked about the same saying that the in the tournament there are so many changes that happen now and then and that doesn’t mean that there is an uncertainty regarding anything. “The tournament we’ve seen, there has been changes every now and then in each score because of the, first, based on the opposition that the team play and the conditions as well. So there will be one or two changes happening every now and then,” said Sharma.
Talking about Pant, Sharma said that for someone like Pant to come and play in the middle, he needs to understand what the pitch is doing and how can he use the conditions for his benefits. “I think, for someone like him also to come and play, he needs some time in the middle to spend and see what the pitch is doing, get used to the condition as quickly as possible. So I think it was the right move for him to come at that number because, again, we know what he can do with the bat. He just needs confidence because, obviously, playing his first game, expecting a lot is not right at the moment from him, but he should just come and play and enjoy his cricket. When he does that, he does well,” said Sharma.