Indian opener and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma hit the nets for the first time ahead of the much awaited 12th edition of the IPL on Tuesday. Rohit was in ominous touch, timing the ball beautifully off the middle of the bat. The MI skipper looked in complete command playing both grounded and lofted shots and did not shy away from stepping down the track against the fast bowlers as well as the spinners on a couple of occasions.
Mumbai Indians are among the most successful teams in the IPL over the years, having won the title three times, the joint most in the history of the league alongside MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings. The Mumbai based franchise will begin their campaign in the upcoming season against Delhi Capitals on March 24. MI however had a forgettable outing in IPL 2018 where they failed to qualify for the playoffs and will be looking to turn things when they step to to the field in the forthcoming season.
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Rohit Sharma, in the meanwhile has made it clear that he would be opening the innings for Mumbai Indians during the entire tournament. Rohit Sharma opened the batting for Mumbai Indians in the first couple of matches of the 2018 season, thereafter dropping himself down the order in the subsequent matches in a bid to shore up the team’s batting in the middle overs. The decision taken by Rohit might have been keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup to be played in England and Wales May 30 onwards.
“This year, I will open the batting for all the games, that is for sure. That (World Cup) is one of the factors, but also keeping in mind that this is where I bat and this is my position when I play for India also. And that is where I have got a lot of success of late. And the team does understand that. Also, as a team, the composition of players we have right now, we have got some experience in the middle order, and that allows me to go and bat at the top of the order. This is probably the season where I am going to do that, I will try and open in every game possible,” Rohit said, while discussing a range of issues at the pre-season press conference on Tuesday.