To inflict maximum damage on rival teams in the T20 World Cup, aggressive Indian skipper Virat Kohli plans to open with flamboyant Rohit Sharma in the ICC tournament, to be held in the country later this year.
Kohli has expressed his desire after opening with Rohit in the T20 final against England on Saturday. They added 94 points for the opening wicket in record time as India posted a whopping 224 points for 2 and won the game by 36 points.
“I will also open in IPL. I have played in different positions in the past. But I think we now have a solid middle order. So I would really love to partner with Rohit at the top before the T20 World Cup, ”Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
“Two best drummers on the team, one can play second fiddle if the other goes for it. This can deal a lot of damage to the opposing team. Other guys also feel a lot more confident when one of us is still and is ready.
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Speaking of the partnership with Rohit which laid the groundwork for a grand total, Kohli said, “Today Rohit and I were both positive in our intention. We knew we could trust each other and that one of us could play second violin if he took off.
“Today was the classic Rohit Sharma. And then Surya arrives at three o’clock and takes the game even further. Then Hardik finishes him off. Bodes well for the team, ”said Kohli who did not stay on 80 of 52 balls.
Kohli, who was named player of the series for scoring 231 points at the top of the table with an average of 115.50, said it was a full game for the team.
“It was a complete game for us. Totally surpassed the opposition. Even with so much dew coming in, like in the last game, we defended the total again. Although Rishabh and Iyer weren’t fortunate enough (to beat) we put in 225, ”said the captain.
“It’s a testament to our depth at batting.”
Speaking about the other players, he said: “Also how Shreyas hit in the last game and the responsibility he showed in the first game. Ishan (Kishan) was awesome. I was particularly satisfied with Surya.
“Bhuvi comes back and plays bowling like that. I still have Jassi (Jasprit Bumrah) to come back. Don’t have much in terms of negatives. Pant has also shown a lot of maturity throughout the series.
“(Shardul) Thakur’s level of confidence after this series in Australia is very high. With the ball, his strength is his conviction. Good cricketer. We also give races with the bat.