ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma to get some time on top against Bangladesh | Memsaab.com

Rohit Sharma will be back in his familiar opening position with an aim to get some quality batting practice when India take on Bangladesh in their final warm-up game before the Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan.

After a convincing 45-run victory against New Zealand in a rain-curtailed opening warm-up match, Virat Kohli will pray that his batsmen get some more game time than the 26 overs they got the other day.

After a convincing 45-run victory against New Zealand in a rain-curtailed opening warm-up match, Virat Kohli will pray that his batsmen get some more game time than the 26 overs they got the other day.
In This Image: Rohit Sharma
For Rohit Sharma, it will be back to the opening slot, having batted down the order during the safer portion of the Indian Premier League. He missed out on the first game against New Zealand as personal commitments led to him joining the squad on Saturday eve.
 

It will be like a completion of s cycle for Rohit, whose limited overs career was transformed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's inspired decision to promote him up the order during India's successful Champions Trophy campaign in 2013.

It will be like a completion of s cycle for Rohit, whose limited overs career was transformed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's inspired decision to promote him up the order during India's successful Champions Trophy campaign in 2013.
In This Image: Virat Kohli
One of the biggest reasons for India's success was the Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan duo, who are again back to facing the new ball in conditions, which will be pretty familiar to the one they met four years back.

With Ajinkya Rahane failing as an opener in the first warm-up game, still the most distance thoughts of a change at the top, if there was one at all, will not be entertained by the team management.

With Ajinkya Rahane failing as an opener in the first warm-up game, still the most distance thoughts of a change at the top, if there was one at all, will not be entertained by the team management.
In This Image: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, after a well-compiled half-century in the first game, would prefer another good hit out there in the middle along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who looked impressive during his brief stint.

However, it is still not clear if Yuvraj Singh, recovering from a bout of viral fever will be available tomorrow or not. The veteran also needs some batting practice ahead of the Pakistan game.

However, it is still not clear if Yuvraj Singh, recovering from a bout of viral fever will be available tomorrow or not. The veteran also needs some batting practice ahead of the Pakistan game.
In This Image: Rohit Sharma
The skipper would also like to give Kedar Jadhav a chance to get a decent hit out there in the middle.Bangladesh has been a very decent side in 50-overs cricket. A testimony to that was their quarter-final finish during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
 

The pace quartet of Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza can prove to be more than a handful for any opposition on a given day.

The pace quartet of Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza can prove to be more than a handful for any opposition on a given day.
In This Image: Rohit Sharma
In fact, India lost an ODI away series against Bangladesh back in 2015 when Mustafizur was relatively new to international cricket. Facing them in real match time will mean good preparation ahead of their marquee clash against Pakistan, next Sunday.

India's bowling attack, however, looked good against the Kiwis, bowling them out for 189.

India's bowling attack, however, looked good against the Kiwis, bowling them out for 189.
In This Image: Rohit Sharma
There are some 'happy problems' for skipper Kohli, who has three potent new ball options in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami to choose from.