Salman Butt dissects Virat Kohli’s likelihood of opening stick in T20 World Cup

Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has spoken on Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s batting position in the ICC T20 World Cup. Virat Kohli hinted after the fifth T20I against England this year that he could open the sleeves and did so for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021. As for Salman Butt, he reckons the 32-year-old could do what suits him, but he pointed out there are many other options for India.

While Virat Kohli shone in the only T20I against England where he opened the bat, he couldn’t always be in the heats of the 2021 IPL. The 32-year-old has only made one game of fifty out of seven in the lucrative league and struggled to get the points. flowing from his bat. While the men in blue have a few matches ahead of the T20 World Cup, it seems unlikely he’ll beat at the top, given Shikhar Dhawan’s sublime form.

Virat kohli [Image-BCCI]

Salman Butt suggested that it is possible that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli could open the sleeves because they are the best players in India; however, he stressed that the Indian captain was not at his best during the IPL opener. Butt also argued that the men in blue already had a left-right combination in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The 36-year-old also felt that KL Rahul was another option that could play the role.

“It depends and it is possible. They (Rohit and Kohli) are India’s best players and Rohit Sharma opens up anyway. Virat Kohli opened for his franchise, Royal Challengers (Bangalore in the IPL). But I think we haven’t seen the best of him by opening the baton in international cricket recently. In addition, they (India) have a left-right combination set. Shikhar Dhawan used to play earlier and lately we’ve seen KL Rahul open the stick ”. Butt said on his Youtube channel.

If they play long, then every total is small for them: Salman Butt

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image credit: Twitter)

Salman Butt has claimed that India has a lot of options since Prithvi Shaw tossed his hat in the ring, too; so, it depends on Kohli’s decision. The former Pakistan opener believes that if Virat and Rohit get the full quota of overs and bats throughout the innings, no total is enough.

“They have a lot of options. You have Prithvi Shaw and other players who have played in the IPL, so you have a lot of options. So it depends on what Kohli chooses for himself. Kohli and Rohit are their best players and they will get the full quota of overs. If they play for a long time, then each total is small for them ”. he added.

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