Mumbai: Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell believes that Rohit Sharma’s absence in the upcoming white ball series is a good thing for his team but at the same time he admitted that Lokesh Rahul is also a very good player to fill his place. Huh.
Rahul will assume the responsibility of vice captaincy in the white ball series as regular vice captain Rohit is recovering from a hamstring injury sustained during the Indian Premier League.
Glenn Maxwell said, “He (Rohit) is a world class player, he has been consistently good as an opener in which he has scored two (three) double centuries.” So if he is not in the line-up against you, then it is a very positive thing.
The three-match ODI series will begin on November 27, after which the T20 International series will be played.
Lokesh Rahul is also a very good player as a ‘back-up’ for Maxwell (Glenn Maxwell). He said, ‘But India still has a good’ back-up ‘who is capable of playing that role. We saw the performance of Lokesh Rahul during the Indian Premier League. Whether he starts the innings or not, I am sure he will be an equally good player.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal is expected to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan as Rahul is expected to bat in the middle order.
However, Maxwell likes the opening pair of Agarwal and Rahul, who performed very well during the first leg of the Indian Premier League.
He said, ‘I would say that he (Mayank and Rahul) are excellent players. They score runs around the wicket and their weaknesses are also very less.
But Maxwell said that Australia’s fast bowling attack would definitely put them under pressure.
He said, ‘I think ODI cricket will be slightly different than T20. We hope that with our bowling attack, we will bring them under pressure, in which the bounce of the pitches and the big grounds will help.