“I wouldn’t want that” – Ravi Shastri opposes the idea of Virat Kohli opening for India

While many experts have shared their opinion on it, former India head coach Ravi Shastri responded to the debate in a harsh way.
“I wouldn’t want that” – Ravi Shastri opposes the idea of Virat Kohli opening for India

There have been discussions about whether Virat Kohli should bat at the opening position at the upcoming T20 World Cup ever since the ace batter notched up a century at the Asia Cup 2022 while opening the innings. While many experts have shared their opinion on it, former India head coach Ravi Shastri responded to the debate in a harsh way.

Ravi Shastri
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Rohit Sharma, the team's captain, and KL Rahul have typically opened for India. Before Rahul returned to the opening position in the Asia Cup, the management considered a wide range of choices for the opening spot given that he missed the entirety of India's summer schedule.

Meanwhile, the batter was having trouble regaining his rhythm, Kohli took advantage of his one and only opening opportunity in the tournament to record his first T20I century.

"I wouldn't want that. I would want Rahul and Rohit. Only if there is an emergency or there is an injury then it is fine otherwise I feel that you need that depth in the lower middle order and the experience especially in the Australian conditions whereas a fast bowler you cab gets wickets in the middle overs.

There is enough bounce there and you can be aggressive and you can try and hustle out batters in those middle overs. So you know the experience of Kohli out there will be very important."

Shastri said on Star Sports during the second T20I

"Rahul is batting beautifully at the top": Ravi Shastri on KL Rahul

KL Rahul
Image – NDTV Sports

KL Rahul looked like he had found his mojo as he managed to smash two half-centuries in his previous three T20Is. He crossed the 50-run mark in the final game of the Asia Cup against Afghanistan, and in the first T20I against Australia while batting at his usual place in the team, which is the opening slot.

Shastri lauded Rahul's game as he added:

"And Rahul is batting beautifully at the top. Why cloud his imagination? Why confuse him and why sow a seed in his mind that he might not be opening? You don't want that. You don't want that guy to have clarity of thought absolutely clear in his mindset that he is going to open and he is going to score and score big."

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