Indian skipper Virat Kohli heaped praise on his Test deputy and opined that Rahane has started enjoying the ODI format more than he used to do in the past. “Jinks has been part of the one-day setup for a while,” Kohli pointed out after India’s crushing 105-run win. “He is someone we all felt had great potential at the top of the order but when Rohit and Shikhar as an opening partnership play well in one-day cricket, then that really becomes a powerful package for us.
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Kohli also revealed that India could pick an extra bowler in the playing XI if Rahane delivered consistently with the bat. Kohli saw the Mumbai batsman as a ‘floater’ in the side with the ability to open the innings or bat in the middle order as well. “If he keeps performing like this, he is someone who has done the middle order job as well in the past, so he can very well be the floater for you in the middle order and he is someone that might allow you to take an extra bowler, in a big tournament like the 2019 World Cup, a big series before that as well,” Kohli pointed out.