Cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra roots for KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to open the batting for India in the T20 World Cup.
KL Rahul scored 626 runs from 13 innings in IPL 2021 while opening the batting for Punjab Kings and his last innings against Chennai Super Kings was a breathtaking one.
KL Rahul blitzed 98* against CSK in IPL 2021
The Punjab skipper smashed an unbeaten 98 off 42 balls with seven fours and eight sixes that took his overall strike rate to 138.30 at the end of the tournament.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has shuffled himself in the batting order to try and experiment with several batters at particular batting positions.
He himself has opened the innings with Rohit Shar a few times and given that he opens the batting order for his IPL franchise RCB, there could be a possibility where he might open the innings for India as well.
KL Rahul is running better than Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma: Aakash Chopra
But Chopra wants Rahul and Rohit to open the innings with Kohli to bat No.3.
“The first thing is the batting order, who is going to open? Last time when they played, Rohit and Kohli had opened, and both had hit a lot and the talk started to make them open because Rahul was not making runs at that time. But now Rahul is firing. He is not walking; he is running and running better than Rohit and Virat,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“So, please get Rohit and Rahul to open. Virat Kohli at No.3, I want to see how Surya is batting. I want the carefree and fearless approach from Rahul. I want the big innings from Rohit because he is only showing the trailer, we haven’t seen the picture for a long time in white-ball cricket.
“Virat Kohli should continue playing the way he is playing. He anyways plays very well in the World Cup. I will keep Rishabh Pant at No.5, Hardik Pandya at No.6,” he added.
India ay their first match of the Super 12 stage against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.
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