Despite Virat Kohli’s desire to partner Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, Deep Dasgupta believes India haven’t looked passed KL Rahul as an opening option for the 2017 T20 World Cup.
In a Q&A session on his YouTube channel on Sunday, the former wicketkeeper-batsman stated that KL Rahul’s current form will determine Team India’s batting order in the premier competition. According to Dasgupta, if the Punjab Kings captain is in good form, there is no reason for Kohli to open the T20 World Cup innings.
“Well, it’s possible, and Virat also mentioned during the last series, that he’s seriously thinking [about opening with Rohit], he might, or whatever he said. But I don’t know whether it’s the right way to go about it. A lot will depend on how KL Rahul’s form is. If KL Rahul is batting the way he was a year ago then I don’t see any reason why Virat should open. Then Rohit and KL can open and Virat can come at three… I won’t say Virat and Rohit ‘will’ open at this point in time, I will say that option is still open,” said Deep Dasgupta.
After a succession of disappointing scores against England in February, KL Rahul was dropped midway through India’s T20I series. In the fifth and final T20I, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma opened for the first time in international cricket, putting up a 94-run stand that gave India the game and the series.
💬 “I’d definitely like to partner with Rohit at the top.”
— ICC (@ICC) March 21, 2021
Kohli added after the game that he would ‘certainly like to partner’ Rohit Sharma in the future since it gives the rest of the squad ‘a lot more confidence’ when they are at the crease together. Later, the captain underlined that this could alter as the T20 World Cup approaches.
KL Rahul made his mark in the IPL once more.
KL Rahul found form in the first half of IPL 2021, just when things were looking gloomy for the excellent opening batsman in T20Is. He racked up almost 330 runs in just seven innings, pitching at a mind-boggling 66.20 ERA and striking out 136.21 batters. Four half-centuries and a high score of 91 were among his achievements.
Slow and steady 🐢 pic.twitter.com/ho4kBtp7QR
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) July 2, 2021
The second half of the season, which will begin just before the T20 World Cup, will undoubtedly determine KL Rahul’s future in the shortest format of the game.