- KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant might be the latest opening pair for the upcoming T20 series against England.
- The top order of the Indian cricket team needs to fire across all three formats to take some load of Kohli, who has been in top flight since 2016.
The Indian cricket team has been in sublime form in all the three formats of the game. Virat Kohli has managed to keep India right at the top of the ICC Test rankings. He has also clinched the ODI series against England on Wednesday with one more game to spare. Now he will be eyeing the T20 series as well.
It is understandable that Kohli has turned himself into a run-machine beast that cannot just stop scoring. The win percentage goes straight up when Kohli goes past the 50-run mark. But why will the Indian captain take the burden of scoring in all possible matches that comes across him? What about the Indian openers?
India have tried several opening pairs in the last few years but it was the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who pushed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings for India in ODI and T20 format. When it comes to Tests, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul will continue to remain the first choice as they have been amongst runs.
But Dhawan and Rohit have not managed to impress off late and that can hurt India in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England in June. They will be walking into the tournament as the defending champions and they cannot afford to come up with lacklustre efforts in any department of the game.
Injury concerns have also been one of the reasons why the skippers always have to rethink his batting orders, opening combinations and several other aspects. Like Rohit Sharma is yet to recover completely and therefore he has been left out of the T20 and ODI squads against England. Meanwhile, Dhawan has not been in good touch in this ongoing England series as well.
As a result, Kohli will have to rework on the opening combination during the T20 series. Dhawan because of his form has been left out of the upcoming T20 series against England. That would ideally put KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant right at the top of the order.
Kohli has remained undefeated as the skipper of the India in his home turfs. He has a huge task up his sleeves as Kohli and co. will be taking on the mighty Australia after the England series in 4 Test matches. We have rested all our faith on Kohli but the top order of the Indian cricket team across all three formats needs to fire to take some pressure of captain fantastic!
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:42 PM