Virat Kohli has confirmed that he will open the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore and
hinted that he might continue to open for India in T20Is as well.
Talking in the post match presentation, Kohli was all praise for Rohit Sharma and discussed how the partnership gave both of them more freedom to play their natural game.
“I was more pleased about the fact that today both me and Rohit walked out to bat and we both were very positive in our intent. We wanted to take the game forward. We knew we can trust each other in reading the situation. We knew that one of us can play the second fiddle at one any point. I think that gave both of us a bit more of freedom to play.
Tonight it was classic Rohit Sharma and if plays more freely like that, not worrying about playing out 15-16 overs, it will be devastating for the opposition.”
When Kohli was asked whether the fans will see this partnership more often in T20Is now, he replied that he is looking to open the innings in IPL and will continue to do so for India team as well.
“Yes, I’m going to open in the IPL as well. We do have a solid middle order now – it’s about the two best players getting maximum no of balls in T20 cricket. I’d like to parner Rohit at the top and the other guys feel confident when one of us are in. I’d like that to continue.”
Virat Kohli also praised the performance of Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya in the final T20I against England Cricket team. Kohli was also pleased with the fact that the Indian team was able to score 224 runs without Rishabh Pant & Shreyas Iyer coming into bat.
The King was named the Man of the Series for his 231 runs in 5 matches with an average of 115.50. But, he might also have aggravated his thigh injury in the final match.