T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli opening the batting is definitely a big option for the Indian team, says Rohan Gavaskar

142
T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli opening the batting is definitely a big option for the Indian team, says Rohan Gavaskar
T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli opening the batting is definitely a big option for the Indian team, says Rohan Gavaskar

T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli opening the batting is definitely a big option for the Indian team, says Rohan Gavaskar

T20 World Cup: Even if India didn’t win the Asia Cup in 2022, the talismanic batsman Virat Kohli‘s resurgence gave Indian fans great joy. While scoring 35 against Pakistan in his 100th T20I, he was scratchy. But his fluency continued to improve as the competition went on.

After two half-centuries and a duck, Kohli finally broke his 1020-day century drought across all formats against Afghanistan with a spectacular, career-best 122*. When Rohit Sharma decided to rest to finish the Asia Cup 2022 on a high note. KL Rahul and Kohli opened the batting, and it was that effort that threw the crowd into a frenzy.

Ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, Rohan Gavaskar, a former Indian cricketer, believes that Kohli opening the batting can become a significant option for the team.

“Look, in terms of should Virat be opening, I think it’s a great option. You look at his T20 numbers, they are outstanding. He averages about 55-57 and his strike rate is about 160. Those are phenomenal numbers.”

T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli opening the batting is a big option, says Rohan Gavaskar
T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli opening the batting is a big option, says Rohan Gavaskar

“His last innings, again unbeaten innings of 122, tells you that he probably relishes opening as well. If memory serves me right, he wanted to open or he said he wanted to open in the Indian T20 league (IPL) in this edition or the last edition, he said that’s the spot I want to be. So, it’s obviously something that he wants to do. So, it’s definitely a big option for the Indian team,” said Gavaskar on ‘Sports Over The Top’ show on Sports18.

The presence of Kohli at the top of the order will force KL Rahul, whose approach with the bat in T20Is hasn’t been remarkable, to be dropped from the starting lineup, moving Suryakumar Yadav down to three, which, according to Gavaskar, might very well be a possibility.

“It does open up those options and you’re right, SKY (Suryakumar) batting at number 3 it’s a pleasing thought. But I have to say if Virat opens, he showed what a tremendous success he is as an opener. It means one of my favourite players will have to make way which is KL Rahul.”

“Because KL Rahul, I’ve said this before, he’s an absolute class act. So look, it’s one of those tricky sort of situations but SKY at number 3, I think that’s what we want. His numbers you know and as rightly said, he’s one of the best batters in T20.”

India’s next match in the format will be the first of three T20Is against Australia on September 20 in Mohali.