After much shuffling and deliberation, Virat Kohli seems to have found his ideal batting position in the shortest format. While he has opened the innings before for both India and RCB, Kohli’s intent gives an impression that the plan is here to stay this time and not fizzle out like in the past.
The RCB skipper had found a rhythm while opening and formed a good rapport in the middle with his opening partner Chris Gayle. While he stuck at his original number 3 position for the likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch and Josh Phillipe, this time around he intends to open the innings in the absence of the latter.
After a lean 2020, Kohli’s rough patch extended into the test series against England. The ace batsman, however, seems to have found his groove after winning the man of the series for his T20 series exploits.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that if Kohli continues this form while opening the inning with RCB, the franchise will be much more formidable.
“He [Virat Kohli] could bat anywhere but I think they [Team India and RCB] have found something. I think the RCB will be a lot stronger by having Virat Kohli at the top of the order,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
Vaughan also added that the opening batting positions are most ideal when it comes to Indian conditions. He fully expects Kohli to have a splendid IPL campaign in April and May.
“He will be so consistent on those wickets. If you ask any batsman that’s worth any kind of salt ‘Where would you like to bat in India?’, and you’ll get ‘I’ll open the batting please’,” he added.
“I think he will have some fun over the next few months opening the batting. We are going to see some fine innings,” Vaughan concluded
Virat Kohli is expected to partner Devdutt Padikkal at the top of the order. The rest of the frontline batting arsenal include Ab de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Azharuddin and Finn Allen.
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