In XI T20 World Cup in India, Sunil Gavaskar drops another important Virat Kohli verdict

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If India's preparatory match against Bangladesh was just a clue, Yashasvi Jaiswal does not seem to be the preferred option for establishing a partnership Rohit Sharma as the opening of the 2024 T20 World Cup. It was Sanju Samson who opened with the Indian skipper while Virat Kohli remained absent from the team, having arrived late in the United States of America. Although Rohit clarified that the team setup has not been finalized yet, the warm-up match was enough to understand that Jaiswal is not the first choice for the team leadership.

Legend of India Sunil Gavaskar also thinks Kohli should open alongside Rohit for India as Jaiswal hasn't been in the kind of form that brings much promise. Virat, meanwhile, finished the IPL 2024 campaign as the top scorer with over 700 runs to his name.

“The kind of form Virat Kohli was in, especially in the second half of the season, he should open with Rohit Sharma. Good players are good players, the kind of form Kohli showed in the IPL, he has to open the batting “It's good to talk about the left-right hand combination on television, but good players are good players no matter where they bat,” Gavaskar said while chatting on Star Sports after the opening match of the T20 World Cup between the United States and Canada.

“Yashasvi Jaiswal was not in the kind of form we saw him in during the Test series,” the Indian legend said of the left-hander who will vie with Virat for second place in the opening match.

It would have been great if Virat had played for India in the practice match against Bangladesh, but his late arrival made that impossible. But the top-order batter is still hoping to make the team's playing XI as they open the 2024 T20 World Cup campaign against Ireland on June 5.

For Jaiswal, the chances may not come too soon as Virat and Rohit are indispensable to the team. Another role in the hitting unit could be possible, however.

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