IND vs ENG | Dhawan or Rahul? Virat Kohli confirms India’s opening combination ahead of first T20I

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Virat Kohli: With the opener of the five-match T20 series against England looming, India captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that the hosts will go to the top with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

“It’s easy if Rohit plays. KL and Rohit have been consistently top performers. If they both rest, Shikhar is the third opener. Rohit and Rahul will start,” Kohli told a virtual press conference. Rohit has three half-centuries in his last five T20s, with Rahul scoring 39, 45, 51, 30, and 0.

Asked if India were the favorites for the T20 World Cup, Kohli said, “No, I think England are the favorites. They are the number one team in the world, all the teams will be aware of their strengths.”

Kohli also gave an update on pacer Bhubaneswar Kumar’s fitness. The Uttar Pradesh bowler has been out for a long time due to a thigh muscle injury from the previous edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Bhubaneswar Kumar is doing really well. He has done very well to get back to 100%. He is a smart operator with the ball. India wants him to contribute to many more wins. He is the man you can bank,” he said. . Indian captain.

Instead of focusing on the short format, Kohli feels that Indian batsmen will be able to bat more freely.

“We want to play cricket for free. The team has explosive batsmen. That’s exactly what we’re trying to address. This time you will see players batting more freely. I can see more freebies with our approach from this series,” he said.

After a 3-1 draw in the just-concluded Test series and booking a place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, Kohli’s men’s confidence for a limited-overs leg against England is much higher.

The T20 series will be the first of India’s preparatory series this year to be held in India in October-November before the T20 World Cup.

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