Former Pakistan player Salman Butt has said that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open the batting for Team India in the T20 World Cup despite being Ishan Kishan’s knock against England in the warm-up game in Dubai on Monday.
Kishan opened the innings along with KL Rahul in India’s first warm-up match where he scored a blitzy 70 off 46 balls. Meanwhile, KL Rahul made a quickfire 51 off 24. They stitched an opening stand of 82 in 8.2 overs as India chased down a target of 189 comfortably.
“Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open, I don’t think that will change. Ishan Kishan can bat one down or in the middle-order or after Virat Kohli. He is in amazing form and can bat anywhere in the batting order,” Salman Butt opined.
"Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opening for India in T20 World Cup 2021." – Virat Kohli
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“I haven’t seen him in any kind of trouble either against the new ball or against the spinners. These are very good signs because he played Moeen Ali very well. Adil Rashid is a very good leg-spinner and he attacked him in a rather impressive fashion. As an opener, he was confident against the fast bowlers as well,” he continued.
Ishan Kishan retired on 70 after which Rishabh Pant (29 not out) and Hardik Pandya (12 not out) sealed the deal for India. However, India will begin their T20 World Cup journey against arch-rival Pakistan on Sunday.
“It seemed like he is batting against a bowling machine” – Salman Butt on KL Rahul
What a knock @klrahul11 has played!
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Analyzing KL Rahul’s batting, Salman Butt said it was the highlight for India in the warm-up game against England.
“The highlight of India’s batting, according to me, was KL Rahul’s knock. If anyone wants to watch beautiful batting, they must watch KL Rahul bat. The way he took on England’s bowlers, it seemed like he was batting against a bowling machine. He was able to hit the ball anywhere at his will. The standout aspect of his innings was that most of the shots he played were correct strokes. The kind of shots he played demonstrated the dangerous form that he is currently in.”
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