Ravi Shastri is opposed to Virat Kohli making his opening for India. ‘It is only fine if there is an emergency or if there is an injury,’ Shastri explained.
Since the ace batter scored a century while beginning the innings at the Asia Cup 2022, there has been speculation regarding whether Virat Kohli, India’s previous captain, might bat at the opening position in the forthcoming T20 World Cup. While several experts have weighed in, former India head coach Ravi Shastri has been severe in his response.
The skipper, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul have always opened for India. Given that Rahul had missed the all of India’s summer schedule, the management evaluated a broad variety of options for the starting place before returning to the Asia Cup. While the batsman struggled to establish his rhythm, Kohli took advantage of his tournament’s lone opening opportunity to score his maiden T20I century.
“I don’t want that.” I’d want Rahul and Rohit. Only if there is an emergency or an injury is it acceptable; otherwise, I believe you need that depth in the lower middle order and the experience, especially in Australian conditions where you can get wickets in the middle over as a quick bowler. There’s enough bounce there to be aggressive and attempt to hustle out batters in the middle innings. So you know, Kohli’s expertise out there will be extremely essential,” Shastri stated during the second T20I on Star Sports.
Rahul is batting magnificently at the top: Ravi Shastri
KL Rahul appeared to have found his groove after smashing two half century in his previous three T20Is. He scored 50 runs in the last game of the Asia Cup against Afghanistan and the first T20I against Australia while batting in his normal position, the opening spot. Shastri praised Rahul’s performance
“Rahul is batting brilliantly at the top.” Why should his imagination be clouded? Why perplex him? Why put a seed in his thoughts that he may never open? That is not what you desire. You don’t want that player to be fully certain in his mind that he is going to open and score, and score big.”