Indian cricketer Shanthakumaran Nair Sreesanth has opined that Indian Captain Virat Kohli opening the innings with Vice-captain Rohit Sharma will be the deadliest thing in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are two of the greats in modern-day cricket. Both the players have got exceptionally good numbers in the T20 cricket and have a plethora of experience under their belt.
Rohit has played 111 T20 International games for India and has scored 2864 runs at an average of 32.18 and a strike rate of 138.96 including 22 half-centuries and 4 hundred. On the other hand, Kohli has played 90 T20 International games for India and has scored 3159 runs at a sensational average of 52.65 and strike rate of 139.04.
The Kohli-Rohit opening partnership was recently witnessed by cricket pundits in the bilateral T20I series against England earlier this year. Notably, KL Rahul was dropped from the side after a series of poor performances which led to Rohit and Kohli opening the innings in the 5th T20I and destroying the bowling unit of the England cricket team at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
KL Rahul Should Bat At No.3 – Sreesanth
The Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain KL Rahul had an astonishing run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 which has led to him getting back his opening slot in the Indian team.
Meanwhile, During an interaction with Sportskeeda in the lead-up to the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Sreesanth stated that KL Rahul should push himself to number 3 and let Kohli and his deputy Rohit open the innings. He stated:
“I think Virat Kohli should open the innings with Rohit Sharma. It will be like the deadliest thing. And Rahul should bat at No.3. Because it’s T20I, Rishabh Pant can come at No.4,”
KL Rahul has done a brilliant job with the bat in the last few T20 games. In two warm-up games, he returned with the score of 51 and 39. In the last 5 matches, Rahul has smashed 3 fifties with his lowest score being 39. Overall Rahul smashed 626 runs in 13 IPL 2021 games at an average of 62.60 and strike rate of 138.80.