India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is all set to feature for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy knock-out games. Rohit, who led India to Asia Cup 2018 triumph recently, took this decision to gear up for the white-ball cricket against the West Indies.
“Yes he will...we’ll pick the team on October 10,” chief selector Ajit Agarkar told the Times of India on Monday. “Rohit will play for us in one or two games. The team will be led by Shreyas Iyer, who captained Mumbai in their last two games in the league stage,” a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) official added.
Rohit looked in fine touch during the recently concluded Asia Cup but he is not a part of the ongoing Test series against the Windies and thus a couple of games in the Vijay Hazare Trophy will give him the perfect match practice.
Recently, former India opener Sunil Gavaskar had said that MS Dhoni should play in the prestigious domestic tournament as that will help the wicketkeeper batsman to stay in touch with the game.
“Absolutely (when asked if Dhoni should feature in domestic cricket). Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand,” Gavaskar had told India Today.
“In the 50-over game you have limited opportunities but if you play a four-day game and play a long innings it’s great for your stamina, for your legs, for the rhythm that you want in limited-overs cricket,” he added.
Following the Test series, India will host West Indies in five ODIs and three T20Is. While the ODI series will be played from October 21 to November 1, the T20I series will kick off from November 4.