It is obvious that Rohit Sharma desires him. Ojha assesses senior Indian cricketer's chances.

Updated: Aug 1

While the T20 World Cup is the main focus for the majority of the players, others have already turned their attention to the 50-over World Cup that will be held in India in 2018.

Pragyan Ojha is aware of Rohit Sharma's preferences for the opening position in India's 50-over World Cup team in 2019. (Getty)

The biggest mystery surrounding the Indian cricket team will be its lineup with the T20 World Cup only three months away. It would be intriguing to see which 20 players are selected for the World Cup team out of up to 40 players that could potentially be cut. While the T20 World Cup is the majority of the players' main focus, others have already turned their attention to the 50-over World Cup that will be held in India in 2018.

Shikhar Dhawan is one of the important players who will be aiming for the ICC event, even though the ODI World Cup is still more than a year away. Dhawan, one of Team India's finest openers, is no longer considered for a spot in the T20I squad and has long since left the Test lineup, but even at 36, he still looks like a deadly force in ODIs. For the past nine ODIs, he and captain Rohit Sharma have made up a formidable opening duo for India, and the left-handed batter would be hungry to finish strong.

Despite fierce opposition from KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan, former India spinner Pragyan Ojha, a member of the IPL governing board, predicts that the Rohit-Dhawan pairing will open the batting for India at the World Cup in 2019.

"I'm spotting the appropriate indicators. A senior player's situation must be considered when examining them. He is a contender [for the ODI World Cup in 2023], but he is only participating in one format at the moment because the seniors are away. He is attempting to occupy that position because he is the captain and the team's leader and because the batting, which in England appeared rusty, is now looking better. Given their excellent partnerships, it is obvious that Rohit Sharma wants Shikhar "Ojha revealed this to Jamie Alter during The Alternate View, a Glance chat show.

"Together, they did an outstanding job. They are, I believe, the third or fourth-best opening pair in ODIs in the world of cricket, and Rohit thinks that if someone is consistently good or has done exceptionally well over time, he cannot be ignored. Rohit provides you with that cushion, which is advantageous since you need that small amount of experience in ICC events."

Ojha believes Dhawan will participate in the fight because of his physical fitness as well. Dhawan, who is currently leading the Indian squad in the West Indies, appears exceptionally excellent for a man his age; Ojha argues that if a 40-year-old MS Dhoni can be good enough to play for a team, why can't Shikhar?

"This is what Rohit has stated, and he will stand by it. Shikhar will likely be involved unless there is a forced change, and I am confident in that. I believe he is in a terrific position, and the standard is that he is physically healthy. You cannot play around with your fitness. When he was 40 or 41 years old, MS Dhoni remarked, "If I'm on a squad, I might or might not perform, but nobody should be able to tell that MS Dhoni isn't fit." If I'm in good shape, if I'm active and doing all a young man can do, then I'm satisfied that I'm doing my best "Ojha said.

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