Daredevils v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Delhi May 7, 2014

Gambhir, Uthappa end KKR's losing streak

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Kolkata Knight Riders 161 for 2 (Gambhir 69, Uthappa 47) beat Delhi Daredevils 160 for 5 (Duminy 40*, Karthik 36, Shakib 1-13) by eight wickets
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Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa put together their second century stand in two matches, and unlike the spectacular collapse that followed against Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders did not mess up to win comfortably against Delhi Daredevils. Gambhir and Uthappa added 106 in 11.5 overs after Knight Riders had allowed Daredevils to recover to 160 for 5, with JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav looting 54 off the last four overs.

The victory broke a run of four straight defeats for Knight Riders, while Daredevils crashed to their third successive loss at home. While Knight Riders finally converted a strong performance into a win, Daredevils were unable to defend a decent total yet again. Their previous two losses were by margins of eight and seven wickets.

About the only clear opportunity Daredevils created, barring the usual odd mishit falling in vacant areas, was when Gautam Gambhir feathered a slower one from Siddarth Kaul, but the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik failed to take the ball as it dipped in front of him. That was in the sixth over, and by that time, Knight Riders had already gone past 50.

Mohammed Shami did begin with a testing opening over, but Daredevils were never able to create any pressure. Gambhir and Uthappa began with a four each in the second over off Wayne Parnell. Uthappa took Shami for successive boundaries in the next over, and Knight Riders were always in front for the rest of the chase.

Gambhir is increasingly looking nothing like the batsman who struggled so much to make a single run at the start of the season. His second scoring shot was an emphatic pulled four off Parnell. His timing was so good at times that a clip off the pad flew for six over deep midwicket off Laxmi Shukla. A forward stride and a lofted four over extra cover off Kaul was more evidence of the old touch returning.

At the other end, Uthappa hit Shahbaz Nadeem for successive boundaries to bring up the hundred of the stand. He went leg-before to Parnell for 47 off 34, Knight Riders needing 55 off 49 from that point. There were to be no flutters this time, as Gambhir stayed in the middle to push the score past 150 before he was caught behind off Parnell for 69 off 56. Knight Riders reached home in the 19th over, the ten deliveries to spare further driving home the ease of the win.

Daredevils were tied down for 16 overs when they batted, and were 105 for 5 when Duminy and Jadhav came together. The openers weren't able to get going and Kevin Pietersen could not handle the spinners before running himself out. Karthik made a quick 36, but Daredevils still needed a final push if they were to make a competitive total. Duminy and Jadhav provided that, even taking Sunil Narine for 29 in his last two overs, but it barely tested Gambhir and Uthappa.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • imtiiii on May 10, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    now kkr looking balanced,strong....my xi will be gg,robin,manish,shakib,kaliis,douschate,suriya,chawla,shunil,vinay/vp singh(bench star),umesh......yusuf is not in form and kkr need a extra bowler....and douschate can complete yusufs joB.

  • on May 8, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    100% right Mustaiz Rahnman.

  • Phorenguy on May 8, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    As a suggestion, please let Yousuf come in @ 10-12 th over mark ... followed by Chris Lynn @ 14-16th over mark ... followed by SuryaKumar ... as a plan for KKR's slog over strategy !!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Good to see GG , Robin, Shakib even whole team doing well.

  • on May 8, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I am very happy that kkr finally won the game.

  • kiranm009 on May 8, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi fans(coming from an Indian Bengali) why do you even care if shakib isn't mentioned in the report, he is by far the best spinning allrounder in the world with jadeja coming a distant second. He is a smart individual who wins you close games,who can forget the shot against hilfenhaus in IPL 2012 final to leave 9 for the final over,most recently in the super over against RR he was the one who called the attention of gambhir by mentioning the boundary count rule,but gambhir for some reason didn't bring the field in. You need cent percent committed players in your team yet goes under the radar like Steve smith and shakib.

    Yet sometimes for the balance of the squad shakib had to make way for someone else which is fine, Chris Lynn after a failure was dropped too. With narine taking up one slot as a spinner complicates the balance, KKR still doesn't have a strike fast bowler, has to bring Cummins/morkel against top teams. 1.tendo/Lynn 2.shakib 3. Narine 4.Cummins/morkel

  • sarnot on May 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Good to see Kolkata win after many matches!! Well done Gambhir, Robin and Sakib.

    But still Kolkata just giving away too many runs on depth, Narine usually never give that many runs but on other end there is always bad overs. None of the fast bowlers of KKR can give yorks what is the vital at depth. I very recommend Cummins to have a chance and try him at depth that if he can deliver some yorks.

    It was not a good performance by Kallis on bowling and usually he is not a bowler that you can try on death and sending him to bat on 4th is not really going to work, I will recommend Cummins to try on his place and let Tendo to deliver some overs if needed.

    Well.. to me the best eleven for KKR should be-

    Robin, Ghambir, Manish, Sakib, Tendo, Surya, Pathan, Narine, Cummins, Vinay, chawla/umesh/any other bowler.

    If Kallis plays in place of Cummins then that provide a big batting line up with Surya comes at no 8, do you really needs that many batsman!!!

  • CricFan707 on May 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    I agree that Shakib bowled beautifully but you can't go on praising him like he has won the match singlehandedly for kkr. Everyone has contributed to the team. Uthappa, Gambhir gave a good start and Pandey also looked good. But cmon, I'm reading comment that Shakib is best player in KKR and should be given man of the match. That is ridiculous. I completely agree with @cpt. Also I admit he must have been given mention in match report but that's no big deal. Is anything going to happen if his name doesn't come in match report?Nothing. So that's no big issue. In fact most comment have shakib being praised. So BD fans must be satisfied with that. I'm Indian and I think batting order for next match should be: Uthappa Gambhir Kallis Pandey ten Doeschate Shakib Pathan Yadav Kumar Yadav Narine

  • BustIPL on May 8, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Lot of pain relieved by Gambhir hope he can make same comeback in indian colors as well. Also, a win totally on indian resources. Indian players leading from front at last.

  • on May 8, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    well no offense here just loving to see ghambir playing better :D

  • imtiiii on May 10, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    now kkr looking balanced,strong....my xi will be gg,robin,manish,shakib,kaliis,douschate,suriya,chawla,shunil,vinay/vp singh(bench star),umesh......yusuf is not in form and kkr need a extra bowler....and douschate can complete yusufs joB.

  • on May 8, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    100% right Mustaiz Rahnman.

  • Phorenguy on May 8, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    As a suggestion, please let Yousuf come in @ 10-12 th over mark ... followed by Chris Lynn @ 14-16th over mark ... followed by SuryaKumar ... as a plan for KKR's slog over strategy !!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Good to see GG , Robin, Shakib even whole team doing well.

  • on May 8, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I am very happy that kkr finally won the game.

  • kiranm009 on May 8, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi fans(coming from an Indian Bengali) why do you even care if shakib isn't mentioned in the report, he is by far the best spinning allrounder in the world with jadeja coming a distant second. He is a smart individual who wins you close games,who can forget the shot against hilfenhaus in IPL 2012 final to leave 9 for the final over,most recently in the super over against RR he was the one who called the attention of gambhir by mentioning the boundary count rule,but gambhir for some reason didn't bring the field in. You need cent percent committed players in your team yet goes under the radar like Steve smith and shakib.

    Yet sometimes for the balance of the squad shakib had to make way for someone else which is fine, Chris Lynn after a failure was dropped too. With narine taking up one slot as a spinner complicates the balance, KKR still doesn't have a strike fast bowler, has to bring Cummins/morkel against top teams. 1.tendo/Lynn 2.shakib 3. Narine 4.Cummins/morkel

  • sarnot on May 8, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Good to see Kolkata win after many matches!! Well done Gambhir, Robin and Sakib.

    But still Kolkata just giving away too many runs on depth, Narine usually never give that many runs but on other end there is always bad overs. None of the fast bowlers of KKR can give yorks what is the vital at depth. I very recommend Cummins to have a chance and try him at depth that if he can deliver some yorks.

    It was not a good performance by Kallis on bowling and usually he is not a bowler that you can try on death and sending him to bat on 4th is not really going to work, I will recommend Cummins to try on his place and let Tendo to deliver some overs if needed.

    Well.. to me the best eleven for KKR should be-

    Robin, Ghambir, Manish, Sakib, Tendo, Surya, Pathan, Narine, Cummins, Vinay, chawla/umesh/any other bowler.

    If Kallis plays in place of Cummins then that provide a big batting line up with Surya comes at no 8, do you really needs that many batsman!!!

  • CricFan707 on May 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    I agree that Shakib bowled beautifully but you can't go on praising him like he has won the match singlehandedly for kkr. Everyone has contributed to the team. Uthappa, Gambhir gave a good start and Pandey also looked good. But cmon, I'm reading comment that Shakib is best player in KKR and should be given man of the match. That is ridiculous. I completely agree with @cpt. Also I admit he must have been given mention in match report but that's no big deal. Is anything going to happen if his name doesn't come in match report?Nothing. So that's no big issue. In fact most comment have shakib being praised. So BD fans must be satisfied with that. I'm Indian and I think batting order for next match should be: Uthappa Gambhir Kallis Pandey ten Doeschate Shakib Pathan Yadav Kumar Yadav Narine

  • BustIPL on May 8, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Lot of pain relieved by Gambhir hope he can make same comeback in indian colors as well. Also, a win totally on indian resources. Indian players leading from front at last.

  • on May 8, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    well no offense here just loving to see ghambir playing better :D

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on May 8, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Did anyone notice the consistency of Shakib in the latest 4 games after returning to the team: Against RR: 29*(18), 4-0-23-1 Against CSK: 0(1), 4-0-25-2 Against RR: 21*(14), 4-0-25-1 Against DD: DNB, 4-0-13-1 Shakib is the best economical bowler for four matches in a row for KKR and his batting form is also decent. Wondering is he that player who had been left for two matches after scoring 30*(22)!!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @CPT.MEANTAR - can you give an example of extraordinary bowling figure in T20 format? I am not commenting on the report of Mr. Purohit. It appears he is a senior reporter. So I will think he knows what to report and what not to. However, from his previous reporting pattern I can tell you that he would have spent at least two lines if any bowler other than Shakib had bowled anything close to this bowling figure. And you Mr. CPT.MEANSTAR might have noticed that in two previous matches Shakib almost brought KKR home but could not finish the task just because of lack of support from the other end. Not only cricket my bro, any game played between two teams is a team game and any good individual performance only contributes to the team's performance and need to be mention in an impartial report. It is only fair to the performing player no matter he is from BD, India or Australia. All BD fans support KKR simply because Shakib is the only BD player playing in IPL.

  • on May 8, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    All bangladeshi fans defnetly shakib well played...he one of the big talent ihave seen bangla cricket..same our indian talents Robin..gambir.manish both also played well..its team game kkr is good team they should play unity..they can beat any team ..4 mach simply they loss..just required punjab mach win .if they win then they have 4 home game thts why punjab mach is do or die mach pray fr kkr win ....iam great fan off robin uttappa..iam bangalorean iam always suports my kannada people..like vinay.manish .uttappa

  • anver777 on May 8, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    GG's is back to his form.... that's a positive news for KKR !!!!! Gambhir & Uttappa is providing that much needed start & its working very well for KKR !!!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    @CPT.MEANSTAR, As a Bangladeshi fan I am defending your comment. That's true that cricket is a team game. but at match report this is very common to mention few names. Gautam, Robin are expected to highlight but you can't simply avoid Shakib in this match report. 4-0-13-1 was the best figure among others and even till now it is the 2nd best economical in this IPL. So, from all points of view this report lack Shakib's name.

  • on May 8, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Sakib should be man of the match

  • Alexk400 on May 8, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Delhi lost because of bad DRAFTING. KP need another big time player to play well. He is not franchise type player who take all the load. He kind alike freakish sehwag but better player when he play when challenged. At present KP going through motion and counting money. Even though i am fan of DK batting skill but he was way over paid. That put too much pressure on him. Delhi openers are not good also. Overall bad planning by DELHI management team. Based on how sehwag performing in punjab , DD sticking with sehwag would not be good also. Getting rid of sehwag is one thing but they did not get explosive players. I though Mumbai got better deal with corey anderson but based on maxwell performance , he playing at MVP level. He deserves it based on strike rates alone. The thing is i have not watched him play big inning yet. Only 2 inning i watched both he flopped. So he play well when i do not watch punjab. :) I am kinda disappointed with sehwag 30's . He needs to improve.

  • on May 8, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Shakib 1-13! Not a single word on Shakib in this poor game report!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Why does anyone watch the IPL?? There is a great form of this gorgeous game called.....TEST CRICKET.!!!!!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Gambhir: Once this IPL started,was trying to move without success as a delicate "Audi" in pot-holed narrow Indian village roads. Gradually transforming into a heavy duty "Tata Truck". Hope will turn out into a "Cterpillar Ten Tonner", which can crush almost everything on the way. Good boding for India, whose openers had been struggling for a while, especially the one "Dhown" from the Shikhar he was glowing with a debut test century!

  • on May 8, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    LOOOL no mention of Shakib in this report..

  • nade123 on May 7, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Glad to see Gambhir starting to play better.He is too good player to be failing like he was. India needs him in tests, especially overseas.

  • lian_14 on May 7, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    DD needs Duminy to face as many deliveries as possible since he's easily their most in-form batsman. Just look at what KXIP does with their line-up. Bailey puts his two best strikers in Maxwell and Miller in at 3 and 4 when batting first and it pays dividends for the team.

  • on May 7, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    well played Ghambir, Shakib and KKR.

  • Shajadul on May 7, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Good luck for KKR and Sakib...great performance today....

  • JG2704 on May 7, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Have to admit I've not seen much IPL but I saw KP's brief stay at the crease and he looked uncomfortable and frenetic for most of his brief innings and the ending was just a case of him putting himself out of his misery. Obviously he could still come good but I said to many who were saying that England were so much better with KP in their shorter formats side. I tried to tell people that KP was maybe not the same player that he was even a year ago , let alone 3 years ago and that we'd find out more when he played IPL. So far he looks a shadow of himself which is a shame as he loves IPL and I know how badly he wanted to succeed this year.

  • on May 7, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    DD is wasting their most intelligent player - Dumini. Whether they play Pieterson or not: Duminy for sure captain the side. He has the brains and guts too.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 7, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans need to get a reality check. Shakib is not the only player playing in KKR. It's a team game. Gambhir played a fantastic knock followed by Robin Uthappa. Shakib bowled well but it wasn't an extraordinary performance. All bowlers bowled well for KKR. I am tired of hearing Bangladeshi supporters sing praises of Shakib. Are you guys KKR supporters or Shakib supporters ? The last time I checked, cricket is a team game.

  • rkanungoe on May 7, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    KKR needs to play Shakib in every game. He is intelligent bowler and adjusts to the pitch better than most. Hope KKR makes sensible decisions in future..

  • on May 7, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    When all the other bowlers (including Narine) had gone for an average of 9 an over, Sakib's figure of 4-0-13-1 is outstanding at the very least. Yet Mr. Purohit didn't consider it worth mentioning in his full page report!

  • on May 7, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Bowler O M R W ER Suryakumar Yadav 1 0 8 0 8.0 Jacques Kallis 4 0 38 1 9.5 Umesh Yadav 4 0 26 1 6.5 Shakib Al Hasan 4 0 13 1 3.2 Sunil Narine 4 0 38 1 9.5 Vinay Kumar 3 0 31 0 10.3

  • on May 7, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    you always avoid Shakib

  • dogandbone on May 7, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    If KP had the team at heart ,he would do the right thing and drop himself...he has been a disaster and it shows in the overall team performance. Kirsten has played him 2 games to many....it was obvious then that he is not in the form of old. Time to move on for the sack of the fans....

  • on May 7, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    shakib al hasan plays a great roll today. he is becoming the role model of kkr. goutam & uthappa also played very well.

  • on May 7, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    My man of the match in today's match is, Shakib! In a batting pitch his economy of bowling (with a important wicket too) is just outstanding, only due to him DD was at least 20 runs short!

  • on May 7, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Good bowling performance of Sakib Al Hasan.

  • on May 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Everybody mostly talking about the contribution of Gambir and Utappa but nobody talking about the contribution of Shakib. In a batting pitch even after bowling in power play his figures 4-13-1( most valuable wicket of Kartik).

    KKR do not have any good death fast bowler.They can try Cummings in place of Kallis.

  • on May 7, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Whata a bowling by sakib al Hasan keep it up sakib,

  • Philly.rocks on May 7, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Until, KKR and DD learns to put team's interest ahead of personal interests, their wins will remain as one stop. I would like to see next KKR match with the following line up: 1) Utthapa, 2) Gambhir, 3) Chris Lynn, 4) Shakib, 5) Pandey, 6) S Yadav, 7) Pathan, 8,9)V Kumar and U Yadav 10) Narine 11) Morkel/Cummins.

  • kiranm009 on May 7, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Knights got away with the chase it must be said, the game was offered to them on the platter. KKR seriously needs to look at the balance of the side,gave away too many in the end, no strike fast bowler in the line up,would've cost dearly against top teams. I also don't understand the logic of leaving 3 overs of narine in the end overs,max of 2 are fine,deception is the key for narine, he is a spinner afterall and if he misses his line,will go for plenty. Against Punjab got to play morkel/Cummins in place of kallis, enough of batters in the team got to define roles for the batsmen. My team for Punjab 1. Robin 2.gautam 3.pandey 4. Yusuf 5.shakib 6.tendo 7.yadav 8.vinay 9.morkel/Cummins 10.narine 11.umesh/veer pratap.

  • durber99 on May 7, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Gambhir, Uthappa, Shakib grabbed the match for KKR. Shakib did 2 overs in power play & the figure is 4-13-1. Simply outstanding figure in t20. consistent player for KKR. I think KKR will also gonna win against Punjab in next match.

  • supercoolfan on May 7, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    To the team of KKR - Do not sit on your laurels! You have a long way to go! Well played today! Remember the mantra - lorbo...jeetbo! Fight hard in the coming games. You have nothing to lose. Play for your honor and self-respect. Always remember to be accountable to yourself, each other, and the team as a whole. Use common sense and experience on the field and believe in your abilities. I my opinion, every member of the team is a leader in his own area of expertise. The captain is the glue and should lead by example as he did during the last couple of matches! Way to go KKR!!

  • on May 7, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Gambhir played very well keep it up good job kkr start to fire now

  • alok21october on May 7, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    DD team lacks the fast bowling support....there seems to be no bowling at all.....they could not even make a match out of total of 160 which is good enough on any soil, any day...Pietersen is a definite failure....improper person for captain job.....seems clueless. Another hole in the team is Dinesh Kartik Keeping, which is such an important role in any team....on an average he drops 1 catch per match and that too of a key player, he dropped Smith otherday and Gambhir today (a sitter)....He should be made to practice catches for whole day sessions

  • on May 7, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Today once again uttappa played super..2nd 100runs partenership buty..gambir came form..uttappa good tuch midle orders now they can fire .see robin..47..65..47..when he open the inngs he is best opener present india have....kkr yu rock..next targett punjab..guys...

  • on May 7, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I think robbie and gautam deserve a chance in the indian team. And we need a good opening slot for the upcoming world cup. Considering the fact that shikhar and rohit duo are clearly struggling.

  • TheMiddleStump on May 7, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I think it would be better if KKR had Kallis at 3 followed by Shakib at 4 then Tendo at 5 then Yusuf or Manish Pandey at 6. This is probably the middle order based on the styles of each player and their quality.

    1)Gambhir 2)Uthappa 3)Kallis 4)Shakib 5)Tendo 6)Pandley 7)Yusuf 8)S Yadav 9)V Kumar 10)Narine 11)U Yadav.

    The faster this linuep is used, the better the chances of KKR making the finals against Chennai (yep, CSK are always favorites).

  • on May 7, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    wow sakib u beauty

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Ross taylor can be the captain rather then pietersen n ross taylor is also in form

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    What a bowling by shakib....

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    great spell by Shakib Al Hasan 4 - 0 - 13 -1

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    sakib 4.0-2-13-1wt !!!! wonderful

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    what a spell by sakib 2 - 0-5-0 ................

  • StevieS on May 7, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    So DD have a guy as camptain that looks like he is living in some sort of dream world. Good luck winning another game Dehli.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on May 7, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I guess KP felt guilty about not being out when he got run out by miles in the last match.

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  • ModernUmpiresPlz on May 7, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I guess KP felt guilty about not being out when he got run out by miles in the last match.

  • StevieS on May 7, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    So DD have a guy as camptain that looks like he is living in some sort of dream world. Good luck winning another game Dehli.

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    what a spell by sakib 2 - 0-5-0 ................

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    sakib 4.0-2-13-1wt !!!! wonderful

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    great spell by Shakib Al Hasan 4 - 0 - 13 -1

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    What a bowling by shakib....

  • on May 7, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Ross taylor can be the captain rather then pietersen n ross taylor is also in form

  • on May 7, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    wow sakib u beauty

  • TheMiddleStump on May 7, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I think it would be better if KKR had Kallis at 3 followed by Shakib at 4 then Tendo at 5 then Yusuf or Manish Pandey at 6. This is probably the middle order based on the styles of each player and their quality.

    1)Gambhir 2)Uthappa 3)Kallis 4)Shakib 5)Tendo 6)Pandley 7)Yusuf 8)S Yadav 9)V Kumar 10)Narine 11)U Yadav.

    The faster this linuep is used, the better the chances of KKR making the finals against Chennai (yep, CSK are always favorites).

  • on May 7, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I think robbie and gautam deserve a chance in the indian team. And we need a good opening slot for the upcoming world cup. Considering the fact that shikhar and rohit duo are clearly struggling.