Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, always known for his straight forward and blunt responses , recently gave his opinions on Virat Kohli opening the batting for India in T20 Internationals. On an episode of ‘Game Plan’ with the Star sports channel, when he was asked about Kohli’s batting position, he said, “Don’t start this nonsense about him”.
Kohli scored his much-awaited 71st International hundred opening the batting against Afghanistan in T20 match in the recently concluded Asia Cup. He scored an unbeaten 122 runs from 61 balls with an incredible strike rate of 200 and also hit 6 magnificent sixes during his maiden T20 International hundred.
Since then, there has been a lot of voices raised among the fans and great cricket experts of Kohli playing as an opener in the upcoming T20 world cup. When asked about this idea from Gambhir, he clearly showed his disagreement.
He said, “Don’t start this nonsense about him (Kohli) opening the batting. He can’t open the batting with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma (available). I even said this on air that there shouldn’t even be a debate about this. I will always be flexible about No. 3. If the openers bat out 10 overs, then I will have Suryakumar Yadav at No.3. If an early wicket falls then Kohli,”
Australian Great Matthew Hayden who was also the part of the show agreed with Gambhir’s point of view and said ,”I like Virat at No. 3. He can manipulate the strike; his running is just off the charts. He can control the innings. He might be challenged with spin and he is a great player of fast bowling. I think the top four positions are locked
Virat Kohli has opened the innings for his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore number of times and has given pretty solid returns. He has played 84 innings as an opener with RCB and scored massive 2972 runs with fabulous average of 41.86 and a healthy strike rate of 134.54 and also having 5 centuries to his name. He has shown his interest to open for Indian National team in the past when he was the captain – he has on a few occasions, lately when they host England for T20 series last year.