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"My team would have Virat and Rohit opening the batting...:" Simon Doull ahead of the Ireland clash

Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull wants Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to open the inning for India in the T20 World Cup 2024 but he has heard that Jaiswal could be the man to open with the Indian skipper in the game against Ireland.

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Simon Doull ahead of India's game against Ireland

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Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull brings a late twist to India's team combination, suggesting Yashasvi Jaiswal could set to open with Rohit Sharma in India's opening match of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland. It's looking like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli would open for India in their first match, but Doull has heard about Jaiswal to open the inning with Rohit. The former New Zealand pacer said he would like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to open, with Rishabh Pant at No. 3 and Suryakumar Yadav at No. 4.

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Simon Doull wants Virat and Rohit to open the inning for India

"My team would have Virat and Rohit opening the batting. They are the two best players to do that in this time and Rishabh Pant for a point of difference at 3 as a left-hand option. SKY at 4 and then you have Dube, Hardik, and Jadeja at 5, 6, and 7. It just sits quite nicely for me and the Indian line-up. If they go down that road, I think it's the best way," Simon Doull said in Cricbuzz.

"I've heard rumours today that Jaiswal was the first into the nets. They've given him plenty of opportunity. That would surprise me if they brought him in. Who do they leave out? Shivam Dube? That would surprise me a touch," Doull added.

Pant came out to bat for India in the warm-up game against Bangladesh at the No. 3 spot and played a brilliant inning. Doull wants the wicket-keeper batter to continue at the same spot.

"It was just a way of getting him into that side and splitting up that middle-order combination of left-left-left. I didn't know about Hardik Pandya at the start, so for me, it was where do I fit Rishabh Pant? Take away, let's say, him, Dube, and Jadeja... all batting at 5, 6 and 7. And just giving the top order a little point of difference. I'm pleased they gave it a chance against Bangladesh. It worked well. Will they go with it again? I think they should," Doull concluded.

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