Former Indian batter Rohan Gavaskar opines that KL Rahul will have to sacrifice his opening position at the top if Virat Kohli continues to open for India in T20Is. The 33-year-old Kohli came out to open the inning in India’s final Super Four match against Afghanistan a few days ago at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. After having a decent outing in the tournament, Kohli finished his campaign with an unbeaten 61-ball knock of 122 with the help of 12 fours and six sixes.
On the back of his knock, India reached a huge target of 212 runs for the loss of two wickets, after which they won the match by 101 runs. Talking about Kohli’s opening place as per the quotes in India Today, Rohan Gavaskar said, “Look, in terms of should Virat be opening, I think it’s a great option. You look at his T20 numbers, they are outstanding. He averages about 55-57 and his strike rate is about 160. Those are phenomenal numbers.”
He further explained, “If memory serves me right, he wanted to open or he said he wanted to open in the Indian T20 league in this edition or the last edition, he said that’s the spot I want to be. So, it’s obviously something that he wants to do. It does open up those options and you’re right, SKY batting at number 3 it’s a pleasing thought. But I have to say if Virat opens, he showed what a tremendous success he is as an opener.”
Roan Gavaskar also denied undermining the knock that Virat Kohli played against Mohammad Nabi’s Afghans. In that match, Kohli became the seventh Indian to score a century in T20Is. He also accomplished 3500 runs in T20Is. Apart from that, he also finished as the second-highest run-scorer in Asia Cup 2022.
Gavaskar also reckoned that Kohli is finding his form at the right time. In a couple of months, India is scheduled to take part in the T20 World Cup 2022 on Australian soil. Rohan Gavaskar said that Kohli’s return to form is a great sign for India ahead of the mega event.
Rohan Gavaskar concluded, “When you say lethal, he was back to the Virat that we know. Back to the Virat, that 2016 Virat, an unbelievable run-scoring machine that he was in T20. So, he looked to be in that kind of form, which is great because he’s peaking at the right time. With the big one, the world cup coming up, what you want is your players to peak at the right time and seems like he’s speaking at the right time.”