New Delhi. The BCCI announced the 15-member team India for the T20 World Cup to be held in UAE and Oman next month. Many big players were cut from this team, so many shocking names were also entered. The team consists of 6 specialist batsmen. This includes captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan. Rohit Sharma’s name is fixed as an opener. But who will be his partner? Will KL Rahul play this role in the T20 World Cup or can Virat Kohli be seen in this role. Because the Indian captain has expressed his desire to open the innings. However, Chief Selector Chetan Sharma has a slightly different thinking about it.
After the announcement of Team India for the T20 World Cup, when the Chief Selector was asked about the opening pair, he made it clear that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul would open the innings. This will be the main opening pair of Team India.
At the same time, on the question of captain Kohli opening, he said that all the selectors believe that Virat is the pivot of the team’s batting in the middle order. Virat is the most important batsman of the team. When he plays in the middle order, the whole team plays around him. However, if there is a need of time and the team management thinks that Virat should open, then it is for him to take this decision. But for now we have three openers – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan.
Virat had expressed his desire to open in T20
Let us tell you that Virat Kohli opened for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the home T20 series against England this year and in the first phase of IPL 2021. He scored 198 runs in 7 matches of IPL 2021. At the same time, in the last match of the 5 T20 series against England, he played an unbeaten innings of 80 runs, opening the innings with Rohit. After this Virat expressed his desire to open in future also. However, the selectors are not ready for this and they are looking at Kishan as the third opener.
Virat scored 278 runs in 8 T20s as an opener
Virat has so far scored 3159 runs in 90 T20Is at an average of over 52. He has scored 278 runs while opening in 8 T20s. His unbeaten innings of 80 runs is his best performance, which he played against England in March this year.
Ishaan scored fifty in both ODI and T20 debuts
Ishaan made his international debut this year against England. He scored a half-century in both his first T20 and ODI. While opening, he had a fifty on his T20 debut. While playing at number 3 in ODIs, he did this feat. This is the reason that while choosing the team for the T20 World Cup, he was selected as the third opener apart from the back-up wicketkeeper.
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Ishaan included in the team as the third opener
The Chief Selector himself also said about Kishan’s selection that he can be fit in the middle order as well as opening the innings. Left and right hand combination is important especially while opening the innings. If there is a leg spinner in the opposition team, then an aggressive left-handed batsman like him can be of great use to the team. If we need an opener, Ishaan can do it. Because he has scored a half-century while opening on debut in T20. At the same time, he can also play spin bowling well in the middle order.
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Scored more than 500 runs in the last IPL held in UAE
Ishaan also has experience of playing in UAE. Last year, when the entire IPL was held in UAE due to Corona, he batted brilliantly. He was then the highest run-scorer for Mumbai Indians. He scored 516 runs in 14 matches at an average of more than 57. It was only after this performance that he was given a chance in the T20 series against England and he cashed it in to first confirmed his place in the team and then got a ticket for the T20 World Cup.
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