File photo of Virat Kohli.© AFP
The century against Afghanistan at the Asian Cup could not have come at a better time for Virat Kohli. After questioning his form, the former Indian cricket team captain roared back to form in the continental event with two half-centuries and a ton. The century came as the innings opened in India’s final Super 4 game. With the T20 World Cup in Australia starting in just over a month, the former Indian wicket-keeper suggested Kohli continue to open the innings along with captain Rohit Sharma.
“It’s very clear. If I was clear that Virat Kohli should open in Asian Cup, he should also open in World Cup. It just strikes the right balance,” said Parthiv Patel on Cricbuzz.
“They (Kohli and Rohit Sharma) are two different types of players. One goes very aggressive (from the start), can hit boundaries, and there is Kohli who finds holes and creates boundaries without losing shape. If Rohit and Kohli can play to the first six overs I have no doubt that even in Australian conditions they will more often than not bring India to around fifty.
“That’s a good score without losing a wicket. Kohli is probably India’s best hitter for those circumstances. So why not. A new ball will be key in Australia. You have your two best hitters playing the first six overs wickets in hand, that’s always been the recipe for success for any T20 team.”
India will play their first match at the T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 23.
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