India’s captain Virat Kohli has said that he is ready to open the innings in T20Is if that can improve the balance of the team. Kohli, who opened the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2016 and scored 4 hundreds, usually bats at number 3, which is his preferred batting position in limited-overs cricket.
India and England will square off in a three-match T20I series which starts from Thursday in Kanpur. Ahead of the first match of the series, Virat Kohli said in a press-conference that he is not averse to the idea of opening the innings in T20 cricket. During IPL 2016, Kohli opened for RCB and ended up scoring a massive 973 runs with four centuries and seven fifties.
India’s star opening batsman Rohit Sharma is recovering from an injury and this has left the opening spot vacant. India have picked young Mandeep Singh in the squad but his place in the side will depend on finding the right balance in the playing XI. It will be interesting to see who opens the innings for India, but if Virat Kohli does, we are surely in for a run-feast in T20Is, too.