Rohit Sharma has said he will continue to open the batting for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020, while stressing he’s open to the possibility of moving down the order if the situation demands. Rohit, who opened through the IPL 2019, has played at No. 3 or No. 4 in the past for MI. This year, though, he seems set to open with Quinton de Kock as he did last year.
“I opened for the entire tournament last year and will continue to do that. As a team, we keep all options open. I’m happy to do what the team wants. I enjoy batting at the top of the order and I’ve been doing it for a while. But even when I play for India, the message to the management is to not close any door and keep all the options open, so I’ll do the same here,” he said in a virtual press conference.
Coach Mahela Jayawardene too said they’d stick to the pair of Rohit and de Kock, with Chris Lynn likely to be a back up. Lynn has plenty of experience playing in UAE but struggled in the CPL recently scoring only 138 runs for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots with a highest of 34.
“Lynn is a great addition to the squad, but the combination of Rohit and Quinton did a phenomenal job for us last season. They complement each other well, they’re consistent and both of them are experienced. They’re good leaders as well, so why would you want to fix something that isn’t broken? We will continue to go with that,” said Jayawardene.
“Lynn as an option gives us flexibility in the squad and that’s what we’ve always done. We try and add more value to the team, give more options so that we can be unpredictable when it comes to tournaments and big matches. Quinton and Rohit as a combination have been brilliant.”