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India played a small gamble in the fifth and final T20I against England after captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma opened the inings for India. The two put up a strong start and scored 94 runs for the first wicket.

But Sharma has made it clear that this win doesn’t mean that the management has got a “perfect” eleven for the World T20.

“It’s still a long time for the World Cup, so (it’s) early days to talk about what the batting line up would be looking like. We just have to analyse and think about what suits the team the most. Today was a tactical move because we wanted an extra bowler to play. We had to leave one batsman out, unfortunately it was KL, which was very tough.

“KL, we know he’s been one of our key players in the limited-overs format. Looking at the current form the team management decided to go with the best eleven. But having said that it doesn’t send any signal, that KL would not be considered or anything like that. It was just for one particular game,” Rohit said during the online media conference following the fifth T20I.

“As and when we get closer to the World Cup, we do understand his ability, we do understand his contribution at the top, what he’s done for us. I’m not going to rule out anything, neither would I say this is the preferred batting line-up for the World Cup. It’s still early days, we’ve got a good amount of time. There’s the IPL in between, and I’m hearing that there’ll be a few T20Is as well before the World Cup. So good enough time for us, at that point to judge what would be the best eleven for us.

“What I wanted to say is, not to judge on what has happened in these five games. These five games was good for us to judge as individuals, as a team where we stand, but this particular series doesn’t send any signals that this is our perfect eleven. There’s a long way to go.

“We need to see the form of the current players, what is the ideal eleven on certain conditions and certain oppositions that we play. Sometimes you might feel that you need to have six bowlers in your playing eleven, which means you might have to sacrifice a batsman. All those things will come into play as we get closer to the World Cup,” added Rohit.


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