IND vs ENG T20I: Virat Kohli confirms Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will start innings, Shikhar Dhawan to be reserve opener


Ahmedabad: The first match of the T20 series between India and England will be played from March 12 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. There was a question in the mind of cricket fans that who will open with Rohit Sharma. Now captain Virat Kohli has put a stop to speculation.

‘Shikhar To Be Reserve Opener’

Team India captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will start India’s innings in the first T20 International match against England in Ahmedabad on Friday. . Kohli said that Shikhar Dhawan will be a reserve opener.

Confusion was about Rahul-Shikhar

Ever since Rohit’s return from the T20 International series in Australia, there has been speculation as to who among KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings with him. Will do. Rohit succumbed to a hamstring injury late last year.

‘Rohit-Rahul will open’

Kohli said in the press conference, ‘I don’t think so (both Dhawan and Rahul can be fit in the playing XI). If Rohit plays, then it is quite easy. KL and Rohit are consistently doing well in top order for us and both of them will start the innings for us. In such a situation, where either Rohit relaxes or KL is not fit, Shikhar will remain in the team as the third opener;

‘Rohit-Rahul’s previous record is good’

Rohit scored 65 and 60 not out in the last 2 T20 Internationals played in January-February 2020. In the last 5 T20 matches, Rohit has scored half-centuries in three innings. On the other hand, Rahul has made just one fifty in the last 5 T20 innings, but he has started well, scoring 39, 45, 51, 30 and 0 against the Kangaroos.


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