Kohli’s return to form in the Asia Cup, especially as an opener, when he ended his long wait for a century with a 61-ball 122 against Afghanistan, fueled debate as to whether he should be allowed to play in Australia. I should be preferred over Rahul at the top in next month’s showpiece. ,
“You know what happens in India? The moment someone starts doing great, for example, when Virat Kohli Scored a century in the last game, we all start forgetting what Rahul and Rohit have done in the long run.” Serious said on Star Sports during a virtual press conference ahead of India’s three-match T20I series against Australia.
“When you talk about Kohli opening the batting, imagine what happens to KL Rahul… Imagine how insecure he (Rahul) must be feeling. Imagine if they get a low score in the first game, there will be another debate on it. Should Kohli open in the next match?”
Coming back from a prolonged injury post IPL, Rahul is yet to hit the straps and has scored a fifty in seven innings. He averaged 26.40 in the Asia Cup, with 132 runs in five innings.
But Gambhir, who had mentored Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL earlier this year, said the batsman should be allowed to play freely. Under Rahul’s leadership, LSG crashed out after losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 14 runs in the Eliminator.
“You don’t want your top-class players in that position, especially KL Rahul, who probably has more potential. Rohit Sharma Or Virat Kohli.”
“Imagine KL Rahul going into the World Cup saying, ‘What if I don’t score runs against Pakistan? What if I find Virat Kohli’s place?’ You don’t want that. We should start thinking of how India can flourish, instead of a certain number of people.’
Team India for T20 World Cup
Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant In both the Australia-bound squads, there is no clarity on the role of the designated wicket-keeper either.
karthik preferred Pant in his Asia Cup debut against Pakistan, but the left-hander made a comeback in Super 4 matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while both played against Afghanistan when captain Rohit Sharma sat out.
In fact, legendary Sunil Gavaskar There has also been talk of playing both the keeper-batsmen, but Gambhir did not agree with it.
“You can’t do that. If you do that, you will miss the sixth bowler and you will not go into the World Cup with five bowlers. You have to have backup.
He said, “Unless you throw out someone like Suryakumar Yadav, or KL Rahul has a bad tournament, and you can start batting with Rishabh Pant. Otherwise, I don’t see these two players in the middle order. ,” They said.
DK not interested in going up to bat
Gambhir further said that Karthik, who plays the role of a finisher, “showed no interest” in batting at higher positions.
“I’ve said this before, you don’t pick a T20 player just to play 10-12 balls. There’s no guarantee he’s going to win you a game. And Dinesh Karthik, unfortunately, didn’t show any interest. Batting in top-5.
“Your wicketkeeper should be able to bat in the top five and Rishabh Pant has the quality to bat at any number,” he added.
“I will definitely have Rishabh Pant in my batting order. I don’t believe in the notion that you need a left-handed batsman in the middle order. That is not the norm, especially in a side like India.
“The criterion should be – do you have the ability to win a game? Rishabh Pant has that. So yes, Pant to start at No. 5, Hardik Pandya On 6, the letter on 7 and see if you want Ashwin on 8, followed by three seamers,” he concluded.