New Delhi: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will hope his side is able to build another solid platform in their batting up the order with the second ODI match scheduled for January 15 at the Gabba in Brisbane.
India lost the first ODI in the five-match series despite Rohit Sharma hitting a huge unbeaten 171 runs at the WACA in Perth. Rohit's ability to hit big centuries has been a positive factor for India and the innings in Perth showed just that.
Sharma has been a vital asset for Dhoni in limited overs and with him opening the innings, side knows it can count on him to build the innings properly and attack when the condition suits him. Rohit helped India post a big total of 309 in fifty overs although the side lost the game from there on owing to some ordinary bowling.
In Brisbane, Rohit's application will look to have a similar outcome in the side's batting given any situation whether India bat first or second. Rohit's outing against the Aussies in ODIs have been good throughout his career and India need him to play another blistering innings if they are to have a chance in coming back in the series.
With Shikhar Dhawan having an aweful run, Rohit finds himself with an added responsibility of hanging out there in the middle. The middle order too needs to come into the act as in the last game the side didn't get a proper look of their batsmen as Rohit and Virat Kohli shared the maximum runs in India's innings.
With the pitch expected to be a belter like Perth, Rohit knows it will provide him with another opportunity to continue his superlative form right against the world champions.