Kohli to reinvent himself as T20 opener with World Cup on mind

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India – Virat Kohli plans to reinvent himself as a Twenty20 opener with a watch on the 20-overs World Cup at residence later this yr, the India captain mentioned after the workforce’s collection victory in opposition to England.

Kohli joined deputy Rohit Sharma on the prime in Saturday’s decider. Their 94-run opening stand helped India amass 224-2, their highest complete in opposition to England.

It was solely the eighth time in 84 innings that Kohli opened batting, however what labored in opposition to the world’s top-ranked workforce ought to succeed within the format’s showcase match as effectively, mentioned the 32-year-old.

“I am going to open in the IPL as well,” Kohli, who leads Royal Challengers Bangalore within the Indian Premier League, mentioned on the presentation ceremony after India clinched the decider by 36 runs.

“I’ve batted at totally different positions up to now, however I really feel we’ve a really strong center order, and now it is about your two finest gamers getting the utmost variety of balls in T20 cricket.

“So I would definitely like to partner Rohit at the top.”

“If we have a partnership and we both are set, then you know that one of us is going to cause some serious damage. That’s exactly what we want.”

It additionally would permit India’s middle-order batsmen to play with rather more freedom, mentioned Kohli, who made 80 not out and was adjudged participant of the collection.

“It augurs well for the team and I would like this to continue, and hopefully continue that form through to the World Cup.”

Former India participant VVS Laxman mentioned Sunday’s efficiency must be the “template for the T20 World Cup”.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt the Kohli-Rohit mixture might be as efficient as the prolific Indian opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag up to now.

“Can’t be a better opening combo on the eye than @imVkohli & @ImRo45! Could easily match @virendersehwag & @sachin_rt if they stick with this combo,” tweeted Vaughan.

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