Sunil Gavaskar backs Virat Kohli as India openerIndia secured a convincing win in the fifth and final Twenty20 International match against England and clinched the five-match T20I series 3-2 as well. In the match, India captain Virat Kohli came to open along with Rohit Sharma and the pair troubled the visitors a lot, scored the fifties as well.
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Sunil Gavaskar backs Virat Kohli as India opener
India secured a convincing win in the fifth and final Twenty20 International match against
England and clinched the five-match T20I series 3-2 as well. In the match, India captain Virat
Kohli came to open along with Rohit Sharma and the pair troubled the visitors a lot, scored
the fifties as well.
While Kohli hammered an unbeaten 80 in 52 balls, Rohit Sharma took the charge in the
beginning and slammed a 34 ball 64. However, Team India tried as many as five different
opening pairs in the entire series. While many were surprised with Kohli's decision to open,
former India captain Sunil Gavaskar backed him, citing that he should continue to open for
"Your best batsman should bat the most number of overs in limited-overs cricket. So it was
very important for Virat Kohli to bat at the top of the order. So maybe, KL Rahul’s loss of
form has been a blessing in disguise because this has given us an opening combination to
look forward to. Like when Sachin Tendulkar was batting down the order in ODIs and then
he was sent up to open the batting and what a transformation it had not just on his batting
but the whole team. So clearly, your best batsman have to bat as many overs as they can,"
Sunil Gavaskar said to India Today.
On the other hand, after a stunning win against England in Ahmedabad, in the post-match
presentation, India captain Virat Kohli also expressed his desire to open the innings for the
country more often which also included the upcoming season of Indian Premier League too.
"Yes, I’m going to open in the IPL as well. Have batted in different positions in the past but
we do have a solid middle order now – it’s about the two best players getting maximum no
of balls in T20 cricket. I’d like to partner Rohit at the top and the other guys feel confident
when one of us are in. I’d like that to continue," Virat Kohli has revealed at the post-match
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