I and Rohit as openers not a performed deal: Kohli

Pune, March 22

India captain Virat Kohli today said there’s no certainty that he would continue to open with Rohit Sharma in T20Is, and that to accommodate Suryakumar Yadav in the team, he is willing to bat at any position.

After India beat England in the fifth T20I to take the series 3-2, Kohli had said: “…I will definitely like to partner Rohit at the top going into the T20 World Cup.” Opening the innings together for the first time in T20Is, Kohli and Rohit had added 94 runs in 54 balls as India piled up 224 in 20 overs in the fifth T20I.

Today, speaking ahead of the three-match One-day International series against England, Kohli said the team combination for the T20 World Cup would be cemented later.

“…As Rohit mentioned it was a strategic move, but we did enjoy batting together in the last T20I. It is not a guarantee that it is going to be continued in the future,” said Kohli.

“I am going to open in the IPL to keep all options open. I have batted at 3, 4 and now I need to understand my role as an opener which I have done successfully in the past in T20 cricket…” he added. “So that I provide an option to open up a slot for someone like Surya, if he can continue to bat like that, I should be open to playing any kind of role that the team requires me to.”

India are facing a problem of plenty as Yadav and Ishan Kishan made excellent debuts in the T20I series. Seniors like Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are also around, while many other young players are waiting in the wings.

“We will have a conversation about this when we get closer to the T20 World Cup. It would be interesting to see how I go about my job as an opener in the IPL,” the captain said. — TNS, agencies

Umpire’s call makes no sense: Kohli

Virat Kohli spoke against the ‘umpire’s call’ in the Decision Review System. He said it creates confusion, and that LBW dismissals should be based solely on whether the ball is hitting the stumps. As per the existing rule, at least 50% of the ball should be hitting at least one of the three stumps for a batsman to be adjudged LBW by the third umpire on DRS. “I played for a long time when there was no DRS. If the umpire made a decision, whether the batsman liked it or not, it stayed like that. Vice versa, the umpire gave it not out and it was out, it stayed like that, whether it was marginal or not,” said Kohli. “According to me, umpire’s call right now is creating a lot of confusion. When you get bowled as a batsman, you don’t expect the ball to hit more than 50% into the stumps to consider yourself bowled,” he added. “If the ball is clipping the stumps, that should be out whether you like it or not, you lose the review.”

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