Former Indian skipper and senior batter Virat Kohli is currently the talk of the town in the Indian cricketing corridors. Recently, the skipper Rohit Sharma has also come with a statement and hinted that the 33-year-old might open the innings for the men in blue in the upcoming 20-20 World Cup 2022 commencing on the 16th of October in Australia.
Notably, the right-hander has made a stellar comeback in the form of a swashbuckling century against Afghanistan in the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2022. He scored 122 runs off just 61 balls with 12 boundaries and six massive sixes to his name. After coming out of a forgettable outing in the Asia Cup, India will now host the Australians and South Africa in two back-to-back bilateral T20I clashes before the World Cup.
It is important going into a World Cup that you have flexibility – Rohit Sharma on Virat Kohli
Coming back to Rohit Sharma’s statement, then he has said that the management is looking ahead to all possible options ahead of the marquee tournament. In the same sequence, Virat Kohli can be promoted up in the order for opening.
“It is always nice to have options available for you. It is important going into a World Cup that you have flexibility. You want the players to be in the best shape batting at any position. When we try and do something new, that does not mean that’s a problem. But yeah, it is an option (Virat Kohli opening) for us, we will always keep that in mind. Since we have not taken the third opener, he opens for his franchise and he has done really well, so it is a definite option for us,” said Rohit in his statement.
Rohit’s statement also becomes crucial as Virat has smashed his century in the continental tournament while opening against Afghanistan in India’s last super-4 match against Afghanistan. So, team management might count on the pair of Rohit and Kohli in the opening and send senior batter KL Rahul at number 3.