Virat Kohli’s Opening Position Could Be a Pitfall for India: Kamran Akmal

Virat Kohli

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal has issued a warning to the Indian cricket team ahead of their crucial match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2024. Akmal has expressed his concerns over India’s decision to open with Virat Kohli, stating that it could potentially lead to a challenging situation for the team.

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In India’s tournament opener against Ireland, Kohli, as an opener, was dismissed cheaply, scoring just 1 run off 5 balls. Despite this setback, the Indian team management appears set to continue with this batting order for their crucial match against Pakistan.

Akmal has criticized this strategy, suggesting that Kohli should be positioned at No. 3, where he can anchor the innings and guide the team through the middle overs. He believes that Kohli’s ability to handle pressure and finish the match is crucial for Team India.

“I don’t think the batting order is correct. Virat Kohli can take the pressure at No.3 and finish the match. That is very important for Team India. Yashasvi Jaiswal should open the batting. Kohli should come at 3. If India sticks to this batting order (of Kohli) opening, then they may get stuck at some point. Kohli holds one end up and finishes off the game. I think India is making a mistake by opening with Kohli,” Akmal said on his YouTube channel.

Kohli has extensive experience as an opener for his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bengaluru. In the recently concluded IPL, Kohli won the Orange Cap, scoring 741 runs at a strike rate of 154. However, Akmal argues that the dynamics of international cricket are different, and the team’s strategy should be adjusted accordingly.

India delivered a comprehensive performance in their first match of the tournament, but their real test lies ahead against Pakistan. The Pakistan team, reeling from a shock defeat to the USA, will be eager to bounce back.

Akmal also praised India’s bowling attack, mentioning that Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj performed well in the match against Ireland. He also noted that India’s familiarity with the venue could be an advantage.

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