Virat-Rohit partnership is crucial for India in Super 8s: Brian Lara

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Brian Lara, the legendary West Indian cricketer, emphasizes that the success of the Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli partnership will be pivotal for India in their upcoming Super 8 clash against Afghanistan on June 20, 2024.

Brian Lara backs India’s experienced players in Super 8s

So far in the T20 World Cup 2024, Kohli and Rohit have opened the batting for India in all three matches, but their partnership hasn’t clicked. Kohli has managed just 5 runs, while Rohit has failed to make a significant impact after his fifty in the first game against Ireland.

Lara believes that getting Kohli and Rohit into form is psychologically crucial for India. These two players wield immense influence over the team. India has played excellent cricket so far, remaining unbeaten in the tournament, but having both Kohli and Rohit firing would boost their confidence even further.

Lara suggests that a successful partnership in the Caribbean should aim for 60-70 runs in the powerplay. While both Kohli and Rohit are aggressive players, one of them could afford to play the anchor role, depending on match-ups. Lara emphasizes that communication between the two batsmen during the game is essential to adapt their approach.

“I think there are all sorts of possibilities. They are two very aggressive players. They’re two world-class players. But sometimes, in terms of putting together a partnership in the Caribbean, you think well, you know 60-70 runs in the powerplay would be a great start. I think one could afford to drop anchor, but it all depends, you know, on match-ups. If you feel that, as a batter, that you are better equipped than the other player to do well against a bowler, then you do that. So I think it’s a conversation that has to happen in the middle, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to go from both ends,” said Lara.

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