India tried different opening pairs in the five-match T20I series against England. They opened with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the last match and the pair added 94 runs for the first wicket. The India skipper went on to score unbeaten 80 runs in the match.
Kohli, after the match, confirmed that they are going to persist with the same combination and he will also be opening for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan finds it appropriate for India and RCB to open with Kohli. He believes Bangalore can be a lot stronger with their skipper opening for them.
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“He [Virat Kohli] could bat anywhere but I think they [Team India and RCB] have found something. I think the RCB will be a lot stronger by having Virat Kohli at the top of the order,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
“He will be so consistent on those wickets. If you ask any batsman that’s worth any kind of salt ‘Where would you like to bat in India?’, and you’ll get ‘I’ll open the batting please’,” he added.
“I think he will have some fun over the next few months opening the batting. We are going to see some fine innings,” Vaughan further said.
Speaking in the post-match ceremony of the final T20I of the series, Virat had said, “I am going to open in the IPL as well. Have batted in different positions in the past.”
(With Cricbuzz Inputs)