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ICC World Cup 2023: Rahul, Jaddu bat hard while Rohit sweetly times it all


Team India have put up a near-perfect show in their 10-out-10 win ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final against Australia. But if there’s one area that could possibly improve, it’s the middle and lower middle-order batting group that haven’t been tested to their full potential.

Understandably, it was a good win for No. 5 KL Rahul and No. 7 Ravindra Jadeja in the nets at the optional practice session at the Narendra Modi Stadium here on Friday. Both Rahul and Jadeja prefer to take the cautious approach with their willows, and rarely go for big shots. No. would be expected. 6 Suryakumar Yadav will also be around, but it is clear that he has decided to do the hard yards along with the other eight of the playing XI, who also stayed away, on the eve of the match.

The third member of the playing XI was skipper Rohit Sharma, who opted to practice on the day. True to form—he is among the top five contenders at this edition of the four-year showpiece so far with 550 runs to his name—he was at the center of everything thrown at him for the entire 45-minute session. Rohit faced the pacers, who were notably angling the ball across him for the first few minutes before taking on a leg-spinner, who had an action similar to that of Aussie leggie Adam Zampa. Rohit defended well, but also went for his shots whenever the delivery called for it, which reflects his approach in this tournament.

Keeper bat Ishan Kishan, pacer Prasidh Krishna and former spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were the other members of Team India who chose to train on Friday.

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