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Virat Kohli might have to bat at top in some games, but KL Rahul will open at T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News


MOHALI: Virat kohli hitting the ball at the top with him was a “defining pick” but the captain of India Rohit Sharma on Sunday made it clear that KL Rahul will remain his open partner at T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
Speaking to the media ahead of the T20 international series against Australia starting on Tuesday, Rohit said the team’s leadership has absolute clarity on the role each player plays on the team.
Australia’s series of matches will be followed by three matches against South Africa before India leaves for the T20 World Cup Down Under.
“Rahul bhai and I had a conversation that we would have to leave Virat open in some games as he was our third opener. In the last game we saw what he did (as the opener) and we’re obviously happy for that,” Rohit said, referring to Kohli’s goal against Afghanistan in the Asian Cup earlier this month.
This is Kohli’s first hundredth since November 2019 and 71st overall. While calling Kohli the team’s opener, Rohit also made it clear that Rahul was still his opening partner.
“KL Rahul will open for us at the T20 World Cup. We won’t be testing much in that position. His performances are often noticed. He is a very important player for India. .
“If you look at his performance in the last two or three years, it’s been very good. I want to make it clear to everyone that we are absolutely clear on this and kya khichdi pak rahi hain we know it very well. There’s no confusion,” the captain said on a lighter note.
Rahul’s strike rate is sometimes in doubt and with Kohli finding form again in the Asia Cup, the debate over who should be Rohit’s opening partner is intensifying.
“We’re clear what KL gives us. He’s also the winner of the match against us. We didn’t pick the opener and Virat could obviously open for us. He was do well for its IPL franchise to Rohit added.





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