Mumbai Indians not using Rohit Sharma well in middle order: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgMumbai Indians have done well to win two of their first matches in IPL 2017 but they would be concerned with the form of their captain Rohit Sharma. The flamboyant batsman has so far managed only nine runs in three matches. (Kohli declared fit for Mumbai Indians clash)However, thanks to the efforts of the openers, the Pandya brothers and Nitish Rana, MI have got going somehow. But Rohit’s form would be crucial for Mumbai as well as India, who will regroup for the Champions Trophy in a few weeks. (Pandya brothers have the license to thrill from MI captain Rohit Sharma)Sourav Ganguly, in an exclusive interview with India Today, suggested MI open with Rohit and also picked the players who have made the biggest impact among Indian players. (Rana, Pandya brothers shine as MI beat SRH)Excerpts:Boria Majumdar: Sourav, early on in IPL 2017, in the first week, young Indian players have made a mark. From Risabah Pant, Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana to Hardik Pandya, all of them have performed well. What’s your take on that?Sourav Ganguly: Look, even Manoj Tiwary played well but for me Sanju Samson looked good. He can play the big shots with ease which is very crucial in this format.But still it’s early days in the tournament. IPL has produced many such talents in the past and it will keep on doing so.Boria: Talking about Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya has been brilliant for them this season.Ganguly: Hardik is the most improved player this year. Among all the youngsters, he has been the best. Pandya won two games on his own and emerged as the most valuable player. Pandya has improved 40% player from what he was in the ICC World T20 last year.advertisementBoria: So you want him for the Champions Trophy side?Ganguly: If Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli are following his game, I would suggest that they play him in all three formats.Boria: Sourav, we have been searching for a fast-bowling all-rounder in India. Finally, do you see that talent in Hardik Pandya?Ganguly: The talent is there but you need to use brains to transform that talent which Jacque Kallis did. Pandya can bowl around 140 kmph and he has a good batting technique. It’s up to to him and the team management to convert that into consistency.Boria: If we talk about spinners, Kuldeep Yadav impressed in his first Test. Also, he’s bowling well for Kolkata Knight Riders. Does that give you hope that he can do well?Ganguly: Kuldeep is our future. He’s a wrist spinner and different from others. It is difficult to pick someone who is unorthodox and accurate at the same time. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep are very good prospects for the shorter formats and they can represent India for long.Boria: Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Rohit Sharma are all fighting for that one spot in middle order. Yuvraj has anyway cemented his place. Any word on Kedar Jadhav?Ganguly: Kedar’s improvement has been outstanding. He played a match-winning knock for Bangalore. He won games for India against England in good pitches.Rohit will take time. I think Mumbai are not using him well while playing him in the middle order. They should open with Rohit and back Buttler for the no.4 spot.In the current scenario, Yuvraj, Jadhav and Hardik Pandya have had the most impact among Indian players.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more