T20 World Cup: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday said that he will bat at number three instead of opening the innings in the ICC (International Cricket Council) T20 World Cup, while Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma will play the role of openers. When asked about the opening six batsmen in their first match of the tournament against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24, Kohli apparently refrained from saying anything.
Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma will be the openers
“Things were different before IPL (Indian Premier League), now it is difficult to see anyone other than Lokesh Rahul at the top of the order,” Kohli said at the toss ahead of the warm-up match against England here. There is no need to think about Rohit for that place. He is a world class player. I will bat at number three. This is the only news that I can give you before the tournament.
Rahul scored 628 runs in IPL
Let us tell you that while opening the innings in IPL, Rahul had scored 628 runs and hit 30 sixes. He was the third highest scorer of the tournament. Kohli said, “Our plans for the first match against Pakistan are almost ready.”
Nothing is bigger than Indian cricket team: Kohli
Apart from this, we want to give opportunities to as many players as possible in these matches. We try to get some energy and momentum as a team. We were in different teams in the IPL.” IPL was very competitive but Kohli said that nothing is bigger than the Indian cricket team.
“We have had success in the past. That’s why we want to get that energy, fielding is the best place when eleven players are together. IPL is very high in terms of level and competition, but it (national team) is paramount. Everyone’s priority is in Indian cricket.” He said, “It is related to performing right for our team. Players play a different role in IPL. Now the national team will have to adapt to its role quickly.