Former India cricketer-turned-veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said Virat Kohli and KL Rahul will have fruitful outings in the first T20I against Australia at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Chopra again shared that his belief was due to the duo’s formidable record at the venue as well. Kohli is yet to be dismissed in a T20I in Mohali, while Rahul has an average of 49.78 in T20 cricket at the stadium as well.
Backing Rahul and Kohli to go big, Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel: “Kohli and KL Rahul will score a combined tally of 75 runs or more. Kohli is unstoppable at this venue, had played a memorable knock in the last T20I here against Australia as well. Most importantly, he is back in form. Even Rahul likes this venue, scored plenty of runs when he was with the Punjab franchise.”
Virat Kohli did well when India last faced Australia at this venue during the 2016 T20 World Cup, where he scored an unbeaten 82 off 51 deliveries to help India win. On the other hand, the IS Bindra Stadium remains a special place for KL Rahul as well as he smashed the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) fastest fifty off 14 balls during IPL 2018.
“I don’t think Kohli will open even though Rohit Sharma said they are looking at him as the third opener. Sharma and Rahul will continue to open the innings, with Kohli at No. 3. No. 4 is a concern because Australia have Zampa and Agar, and India will once again hunt for a left-handed batter in the middle order. So, I think Rishabh Pant will feature there,” Aakash Chopra concluded.