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India vs England: Sunil Gavaskar Wants Virat Kohli to Open, Cites Sachin Tendulkar's Example

India produced an exceptional win against England in the fifth T20I, beating visitors by a massive 36 runs. The most crucial factor proved to be the opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli, and both of them scored fifties. While Kohli scored 80 in 52 balls, Rohit went berserk with 34 ball 64.

India vs England: Sunil Gavaskar Wants Virat Kohli to Open, Cites Sachin Tendulkar's Example

India produced an exceptional win against England in the fifth T20I, beating visitors by a massive 36 runs. The most crucial factor proved to be the opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli, and both of them scored fifties. While Kohli scored 80 in 52 balls, Rohit went berserk with 34 ball 64.

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While many would have been surprised when Kohli promoted himself to the top of the order, the tactic seemed to have worked for India, and former skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes that he should continue to bat at that position. “Your best batsman should bat the most number of overs in limited-overs cricket. So it was very important for Virat Kohli to bat at the top of the order. So maybe, KL Rahul’s loss of form has been a blessing in disguise because this has given us an opening combination to look forward to.

“Like when Sachin Tendulkar was batting down the order in ODIs and then he was sent up to open the batting and what a transformation it had not just on his batting but the whole team. So clearly, your best batsman have to bat as many overs as they can,” Gavaskar told India Today.

Meanwhile, after leading India to a 3-2 series win over England scoring an unbeaten 80 (52) in the final T20I in Ahmedabad, India captain Virat Kohli expressed his desire to open the batting more often in the lead up to the ICC T20 World Cup, including in the IPL.

Opening the batting with Rohit Sharma for the first time, Kohli put on a 94-run stand with the vice captain in just 9 overs. Kohli batted through to help India post 224 for 2, which they defended. Kohli was also player of the series.

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“Yes, I’m going to open in the IPL as well. Have batted in different positions in the past but we do have a solid middle order now – it’s about the two best players getting maximum no of balls in T20 cricket. I’d like to partner Rohit at the top and the other guys feel confident when one of us are in. I’d like that to continue,” he said at the post match presentation.



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