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T20 World Cup 2024: Virat Kohli to open against Pakistan on Sunday? Here's what media report says

Virat Kohli made his debut as the opening batter against Ireland on June 5 but was dismissed for one off five balls.

Virat Kohli of India plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 match between India and Ireland at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on June 5. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images/AFP (Getty Images via AFP)Premium
Virat Kohli of India plays a shot during the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup 2024 match between India and Ireland at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on June 5. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images/AFP (Getty Images via AFP)

Though head coach Rahul Dravid's strategy to begin India's innings with Virat Kohli as opener didn't work out against Ireland in the group match in the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, a media report says the former skipper will open for India against Pakistan on June 9.

According to a report by the Hindustan Times, Indian team management is all set to stick to the Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma opening combination for India's next match on Sunday at Nassau County Cricket Stadium in New York.

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India will face its archrival Pakistan on Sunday in a highly anticipated group match, which is a must-win game for Pakistan, who lost to the USA by 5 runs in Super Over.

Against Ireland on June 5, Kohli made his debut as the opening batter but was dismissed for 1 off 5 balls.

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According to the report, the 2007 T20 World Cup winners—India—would like to use the same combination against Pakistan as they did against Ireland.

It is not the first time that Kohli opened for a team in T20 format. He had been opening for his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, for the last few seasons. He scored 741 runs at a strike rate of 154 in IPL 2024 and also won the Orange Cap.

If Kohli opens for Team India, its various problems would be solved, including a spot in the middle order to add someone like Shivam Dube, and gives Rishabh Pant a better position.

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Pant in T20 World Cup 2024:

In two matches, warm-up against Bangladesh and group match against Ireland, Pant had a good account of himself on a sluggish New York track.

Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour had said Pant will be India's No.3 throughout the tournament. "Yes, he has been batting really well. In the two games he has played, he has looked really good. So yes, at the moment, he is our number three, and it helps that he is a left-hander," the HT report quoted him as saying.

 

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Published: 07 Jun 2024, 06:28 PM IST
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