Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel talked about Virat Kohli and his position at the upcoming World Cup. Kohli displayed an excellent performance in the Asia Cup 2022. It wasn’t enough for India to qualify for the semifinals or the finals. Virat smashed a century in India’s last game at the Asia Cup against Afghanistan. He made 122 runs and opened for India.
“It’s very clear. If I was clear that Virat Kohli should be opening in Asia Cup, he should be opening in World Cup as well. It just gives the right balance,” Parthiv Patel stated on Cricbuzz.
“They are two different kinds of players. One goes very aggressive, can hit boundaries, and there is Kohli who finds gaps and creates boundaries without losing shape. If Rohit and Kohli can play till the first six overs I have no doubt that even in Australian conditions more often than not they will get India to around fifty.”
Virat made his first century in the T20 International and 71st century in international cricket. The majority of his T20 century was during the IPL where he was open. Many cricket analysts are suggesting Kohli be the opener, replacing KL or Rohit Sharma for the upcoming World Cup.
“That is a good score without losing a wicket. Kohli is probably India’s best batter suited for those conditions. So why not. New ball will be key in Australia. You have got your two best batters playing the first six overs. If you have wickets in hand, that has always been the recipe for success for any T20 team.” Parthiv Patel added further.