Virat Kohli advised to take inspiration from Rohit Sharma’s book: ‘He gives momentum in every innings’

The decision to promote Virat Kohli as an opener in the ongoing schedule T20 World Cup didn’t work out well for Team India in the group stage. Kohli had an incredible IPL 2024 as RCB opener, where he scored 741 runs to win the Orange Cap. However, the batting maestro has failed to replicate the same numbers in the T20WC so far and finds himself in a bit of a lean situation. The 35-year-old recorded three consecutive single-digit scores – 1, 4 and 0 – putting him under the scanners.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma opened the innings for India in the group stage of the T20 World Cup 2024. (REUTERS)

Meanwhile, to accommodate Kohli at the top, the team management put Yashasvi Jaiswal on the bench and took the lead with two right-handed batters leading off, with skipper Rohit Sharma Kohli’s partner. Kohli thrives under pressure on the big stage, and the Super 8 would be perfect for him to get back into rhythm as India have shifted their base from the United States to the West Indies for the next round.

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Former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta feels that if Kohli has to make an impact at the top, he doesn’t need to go deep. Instead, Kohli was suggested to score something like 30 runs off 20 balls, which in turn is proving to be very crucial for the team.

“We talk about runs, which is important, but if you open and especially in this format, the impact is big. You can score 30 runs, but if those 30 runs are distributed in 20 balls, it is more important than to score 50. runs 45 balls so the impact is very important,” he said on Star Sports.

A former cricketer turned commentator, Dasgupta further advised Kohli to take inspiration from his opening partner Rohit, who has given India blistering starts in white-ball formats.

“These are matches and pitches where you will have to play such shots. If you take the example of Rohit, he may not have scored big runs in the last one or one-and-a-half years, but he builds momentum in every innings “20-25 runs in 15 balls is not a bad innings, if he scores a fifty or a hundred it’s fine, but even if he contributes with a 25 in. 15 balls, he did a job,” the former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman said.

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