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- India Vs England Virat Kohli Will Open In IPL As Well, Said For Team India He Will Like To Partner With Rohit Sharma
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The 94-run opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played a big role in Team India’s unilateral win against England in the 5th T20. After the match, the Indian captain revealed that he will also open for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the next IPL. He also said that for the Indian team, he can start the innings with Rohit Sharma in the future.
Strong middle order gave confidence
Virat said in the press conference after the match that now the middle order of the Indian team looks very strong. In such a situation, he can open even further with Rohit. He said that the team will benefit when the two best batsmen of the team get the maximum number of balls. Virat said, ‘If we both open and get set, then one of us can do serious damage to the opposition team. This is what we want. If one of us stays at the crease, the batsmen who come later will also get freedom to play freely.
5 centuries have been scored in IPL
Virat Kohli has scored five centuries in his IPL career so far. He has scored these five centuries in the opening. In the 2016 IPL, he scored four centuries as an opener. 2016 has proved to be the best season for them so far. In the IPL that year, Virat scored 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08. This is the record for the most runs of any batsman in a season of IPL.
Virat has opened for team India in 8 matches
Virat has opened in 8 T20 Internationals so far and has scored 278 runs at an average of 39.71. These include two half-centuries. His unbeaten innings of 80 runs played in the 5th T20 match against England is his biggest innings in the International T20 matches as an opener.
Better record in non-striker opener
An average of 39.71 as an opener does not look very good for Virat. But it is worth noting that there are two batting positions for the opener. Virat has landed as a non-striker opener in 3 of the 8 matches he has opened. That is, an opener who does not play the first ball of the team’s innings. In these 3 matches, he has scored 159 runs at an average of 79.50. As an opener, both of his half-centuries have been scored in these three matches. In contrast, in the five matches in which he has been a striker opener, he has scored 119 runs at an average of 23.80.
Team India can play more matches before World Cup
According to the Indian team’s schedule so far, the series against England was the last series of the Indian team before the World T20 to be held in October-November. However, Virat has indicated that the Indian team may play a few more T20 Internationals before the World Cup. It is believed that the Indian team can play T20 series against South Africa and New Zealand before the World Cup.