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So you want me to sit out? KL Rahul gives a befitting reply when asked should Virat Kohli open for India

KL Rahul brutally defended his opening position, saying that Virat Kohli can also hit a hundred at number three. Kohli ended his century-long drought with 53 ball hundred in the Asia Cup match against Afghanistan. He remained undefeated at 122 as India defeated Afghanistan by 101 runs.

Virat Kohli celebrates his first T20I century. (AP photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • KL Rahul said that Virat Kohli has been working on his game since the last 2-3 series
  • KL Rahul said Virat Kohli played his role beautifully in the match against Afghanistan
  • KL Rahul said Virat Kohli has the desire and passion to win matches for India

India stand-in captain KL Rahul gave an appropriate response when asked if former skipper Virat Kohli would open the innings for the team.

Kohli opened the innings for India alongside Rahul in the team’s Super Four game against Afghanistan at the 2022 Asia Cup. Kohli, who recently returned to the team after taking a hiatus due to mental health issues, showed a glimpse of his return to form in the continental tournament. But in the match against Afghanistan, Kohli surprised himself when he… 71st international hundred and virgin T20I century.

The former India captain ended his century-long drought with 53 ball hundred and went unbeaten with 122 runs. His innings were dotted with 12 limits and six maximums, as he registered the highest individual runs by an Indian batter in the shortest format. During the match, Kohli also became India’s second player after Rohit Sharma to hit a hundred T20I sixes and the second player to break the 3500 mark after Rohit.

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“So, what do you want me to do – sit outside?” KL Rahul chuckles as he answers whether Kohli should keep opening the innings for India.

“Virat scoring runs is a huge bonus for us,” Rahul continued at the press conference. “He has to be happy with his at bat. He’s been working on his game since the last 2-3 series and it’s come out beautifully. When you play 2-3 innings like this, you get confidence. Lucky he was able to play like this. “

Kohli opened the innings in the absence of regular captain and designee opener Rohit Sharma, who was resting for the game against Afghanistan. However, KL Rahul added that Kohli can also hit hundreds at number three.

“It’s not like he can only hit hundreds if he opens. If he can hit number three he can score centuries too and it’s about the role the team wants him to play. Today he played his part beautifully. He will playing his next role in the next series with good performances, there is no doubt about that,” said Rahul.

“The desire and passion to win matches for his country has always remained the same for him. But we are obsessed with numbers. His contributions over the past 2-3 years are still phenomenal. He is still in the top two or three of the series.-getters in white-ball cricket.”

India ended their Asia Cup campaign on a climax when the Rahul-led side defeated Afghanistan by 101 runs on September 8 in Dubai.

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