"Ideally, would like to have a left-hander in top six"- Rohit Sharma hints at Ishan Kishan's inclusion in 3rd ODI vs SL
Batting first, Sri Lanka got dismissed for 215 runs in 39.4 overs. Chasing the target, India lost a few wickets up front but then had a few good partnerships in the middle. In the end, India made 219/6 in 43.2 overs to register the series win.
For India, KL Rahul scored an unbeaten half-century to see India home. He remained unbeaten on 64 off 103 balls with six boundaries and got good support from Shreyas Iyer (28 off 33), Hardik Pandya (36 off 53), and Axar Patel (21 off 21).
India registered their 95th ODI win over Sri Lanka, which is the joint-most for any team against one opponent in 50-over cricket. After the win, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma addressed the media and admitted that India needs a left-hander at the top. However, he also said that he is not looking for chopping and changing regarding this.
Notably, the current Indian batting line-up is full of right-handers, as there is not a left-hander in the top six. Ishan Kishan, who scored the fastest ODI double century, was dropped from the team to give Shubham Gill a chance in the playing XI.
Rohit said, "In hindsight, it will be nice to have a left-hander in the top-order, but guys who are being given the chance have got a lot of runs in the last one year. Ideally, we would like to have a left-hander, but we know the quality of our right-handers and are comfortable with that at the moment."
Furthermore, the Indian skipper also praised KL Rahul for his mature knock. He said that it was a close game, and it will help players learn a lot. Rohit added that Rahul has been doing well at No. 5 and that it gave confidence to the top order as well to go out and express themselves because they have an experienced batter at No. 5.