'Virat Kohli or Shubman Gill?' - Former skipper's T20I return ignites debate between ex-cricketers on Rohit Sharma's opening partner

Virat Kohli is set to be in action for India in the second T20I of the five-match series against Afghanistan at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

Mathew K
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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (File Photo: X)

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (File Photo: X)

The former Indian skipper and the modern-day batting great, Virat Kohli is set to make his T20I return after a long wait of 14 months. He is set to be in action for the men in blue in the upcoming second T20I of the three-match series against Afghanistan. India and Afghanistan will play this match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore today.

Meanwhile, Kohli’s return is also likely to increase the workload of Team India’s think tank, including both the coach and the skipper. It is all about the batting position of Virat Kohli and finding an answer to the question if he will open the innings with Indian skipper Rohit Sharma or if the management will acquire the former’s services at the number 3 spot in the batting position.

In the same line of events, a debate has also been started among the ex-cricketers and the cricket experts over the batting position of Virat Kohli.

“Whenever he has played as an opener, scored a lot of runs.” – Parthiv Patel

“Virat Kohli’s contribution as an opener has been immense. Whenever he has played as an opener for India in T20 cricket, he has scored a lot of runs. He can set the tone of the innings. If he gets an opportunity to face those 120 balls, he can create that chance to get big runs,” said former India wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel on Jio Cinema.

However, the former Indian selector and ex-wicketkeeper Saba Karim couldn’t agree with Parthiv Patel and he advocated for Virat Kohli’s number 3 batting position to be continued in the T20I series against Afghanistan.

“I am looking at Virat Kohli at No. 3, keeping in mind that the T20 World Cup is to be played in the West Indies and the USA. In the West Indies, India will be playing on slow wickets in the Super 8s. There you need someone who can control the entire innings. I think Rohit Sharma is backing Virat Kohli to play that role there,” said Saba Karim while replying to Parthiv Patel’s stance over Kohli’s position.

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