September 25, 2022
Ind vs Aus 2022 – Virat Kohli is third opener but KL Rahul has Rohit Sharma’s backing as first choice opener


Virat Kohli is India’s third opener, there will be games where he will open, Rohit Sharma has said, but added that KL Rahul has the full support of the team management and became India’s first-choice opener for the World Cup Has happened. Kohli, in the absence of Rohit, who was rested in India’s final match in the Asia Cup, started a dead rubber, and scored his maiden T20I century, his first in international cricket in nearly three years.

“It’s always good to have options available to you,” Rohit said two days before the start of the three T20Is against Australia. “It’s very important when you go into a tournament like the World Cup. You want flexibility. We only talk about it, but that’s what it really means. You want your players to bat in any position. Be in your best shape while doing so and so on.

“For us, when we try something new, it doesn’t mean it’s permanent. We all understand the quality of the players and what they bring to us. We understand that, but yes it’s our We will keep in mind that since we haven’t picked up a third opener, he can obviously open. He opens for his franchise and has done really well. It’s a one for us. Definitely a choice.”

Since Kohli is now the third opener to be recognized, he will be given a chance or three to open before the World Cup. “I have spoken to Rahul” Brother [Dravid, the coach] That we will have to open with Virat in some matches because he is our third opener. I don’t think we will experiment much for that position.”

It doesn’t have any negative implications for Rahul, who is still making a comeback from injury. Rohit said, “According to me, KL Rahul will play the World Cup and open.” “His performance for India goes unnoticed. He is a very important player for India. If you look at his record in the last two-three years, it is very good.

“I don’t think it’s fair to consider a demonstration because someone else has demonstrated. We’re clear on what to cook but I want to make it clear for people. There’s no confusion. We talk about this a lot. We are clear what KL brings to us. He is a very, very important and a quality player, and also a match winner. His presence at the top is very important to us.”

This leaves India with the same top three as the previous World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2021. In that World Cup, India failed to crash out of the group stages, and again failed to make it to the final of the Asia Cup. same place. However, Rohit said that the timing was different as India batted with their fresh approach and came even closer in defeat.

“We will continue to play that way,” Rohit said of his new, aggressive batting style. “It’s something that we talked about quite clearly in the beginning. Everyone’s pretty comfortable with it. Plus we know what our second line of defense is. We’re quite comfortable talking about things like this.” Lets spend time. Guys are very clear how to bat at 10 for 3, and how to bat at 50 without any loss. All those things have been discussed a lot. Now it’s all about going and executing .

“If you look at our Asia Cup as well, we posted equal or equal scores in every game. Except for one game against Sri Lanka where we only got 173 – not just 173 is a good score. And you saw those two games Against Pakistan and Sri Lanka too, it went in the last over. It could have gone either way. We are not too worried about what happened there.

“Honestly we played good cricket. And when you’re playing a tournament like this, you need some luck too. I’m not saying 100% luck, but at least 5%. Toss or odds Run out. Basically rub. The green has to go your way too. Which I’m hoping can happen in the World Cup, I hope. This approach of ours has given us a lot of success and the confidence that we’re out Can go and play. A lot of team people have achieved something by doing this so it’s a good sign and we are very happy with it. We will have another review meeting after the South Africa series to see what happens in the last 10 How everything went for us over the months and what we did need to be done for the World Cup. Of course we believe in a lot of analysis that if we are trying to do something, how did it go?”

Siddharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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