In the current T20I series against Afghanistan, the former wicketkeeper for the Indian cricket team feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma shouldn’t open the batting.
In the current Twenty20 International Series between Afghanistan and India, Saba Karim, a former wicketkeeper for the Indian cricket team, feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma shouldn’t begin the batting. India won the opening Twenty20 International match against Afghanistan on Thursday in Mohali, but captain Virat Kohli did not participate because of “personal reasons.” The star batter will return for the second game, though, and there have been rumors that he could open for Rohit. According to Saba, Kohli will be essential to India’s success at the T20 World Cup as the number three player. Given the West Indies’ pitching conditions, Kohli should continue in his role.
“Virat Kohli will enter the field, and there’s a good chance he’ll partner with Rohit Sharma to open the batting. At number three, I am focusing on Virat Kohli. India will be playing on slow wickets because the World Cup is scheduled to be held in the USA and the West Indies. Someone who can command the entire innings is needed, and it appears that Rohit Sharma is supporting Virat Kohli in that capacity. Arrive at number three, take charge of the innings, and stay a stabilizing force throughout, whether you are pursuing or setting a target. “I would like to see Virat Kohli at No. 3 once he returns,” he stated in the Star Sports post-match review.
India’s underutilized players, spearheaded by Shivam Dube, capitalized on the occasion to secure a six-wicket victory.
India dominated the powerplay, but a dynamic 68-run combination off 43 balls between young Azmatullah Omarzai (29 off 22) and experienced Mohammad Nabi (42 off 27) propelled Afghanistan to 158 for five.
In favorable batting conditions, the posted score was insufficient, as India easily reached home in 17.3 overs.
After losing the opening wickets in four overs, Dube, playing his first Twenty20 since the Asian Games, and Tilak Varma (26 off 22) put on a 44-run partnership off 29 balls to give the Indian innings momentum.
After 14 months away from T20 cricket, Rohit Sharma (0) and Shubman Gill (23) got into a preventable misunderstanding that ended up limiting the Indian captain’s stay to only two balls. This time, Rohit, who is normally cool and collected, showed his frustration when Gill ignored his request for a quick single.
Gill was unable to stay for very long, but Varma and Dube managed to move the innings along, and India never looked back after that.
As a backup to the injury-prone Hardik Pandya, Dube made effective use of his long levers, and his contemptuous drives on the off side were particularly noticeable. With a perfect six and four in the fine leg area, he brought the game to a spectacular close.