India can now breathe easier thanks to Virat Kohli’s return to form. And the timing couldn’t have been better as the T20 World Cup approaches in less than a month, scoring Kohli is exactly what India needs.
With 276 runs from five innings and an average of 92 in the recently concluded Asian Cup, which marked Kohli’s return to top cricket after a six-week hiatus, Virat emerged as the tournament’s second-highest scorer. The former India captain also ended his century-long wait.
Kohli’s brilliant performance has left a new mystery, however, as many think it would be better for India if he started the innings. Several former cricketers have reacted differently to the idea of Kohli being the opener; some were outspoken proponents, while others were strong opponents.
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Meanwhile, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma spoke at a press conference on Sunday about what to expect and whether Virat Kohli can be considered an opener in the shortest format.
“It’s always nice to have options available to you. It’s important to go into a World Cup that you have flexibility. You want the players in every position to be in the best shape. When we try to do something new I mean that’s a problem,” said Rohit Sharma.
“For us, we understand the quality of all our players and what they bring to us. But yes, it is an option (Virat Kohli opening) for us, we will always keep that in mind. Since we didn’t take a third opener, he’s opening for his franchise in the IPL and he’s done a really good job so it’s a clear option for us,” he added.
In addition, when asked about Virat Kohli opening the at bat for India, Rohit referred to him as the third opening option of the game and said that he will open in some games, but also said that KL Rahul will open the at bat in the World Cup.
“Virat Kohli is our third opener and he will open in some games. In the last game of Asia Cup we were happy with the way he played. But KL Rahul will open the at bat in the World Cup, his performances sometimes go quite unnoticed” , said the Indian skipper.
Earlier on Saturday, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir also expressed his views on whether Kohli should open the innings or bat at number 3.
“Don’t start this nonsense about him (Kohli) opening the battle. He can’t open the battle with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma (available). I even said this in the air that there shouldn’t even be a debate about it I will always be flexible on number 3. If the openers hit 10 overs, then I have Suryakumar Yadav on number 3. If an early wicket falls, then Kohli,” Gambhir said on an episode of ‘GamePlan’ on Star Sport.
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Speaking of T20 WC 2022, India would expect them to make their case strong in the ICC event, especially after a poor performance in 2021 where they failed to make it to the semi-finals.
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