New Delhi. T20 World Cup 2021 will start in UAE and Oman only 2 days after the end of IPL 2021. BCCI has also announced 15-member team India for this tournament. Virat Kohli will be the captain of the team. However, he will lead India’s T20 team for the last time in this tournament. After this he will play as a batsman in this format. This was a thing of the future. But Virat can also play new roles with captaincy in this World Cup. At least former wicketkeeper Saba Karim believes so. He sees a strong possibility that Virat can open the innings for India in the T20 World Cup.
Saba said on the Khelneeti podcast that now it seems that Virat Kohli can open the innings for India in the T20 World Cup. Because he is liking this role. He is batting at a good strike rate in IPL 2021. He knows which shots to play when and how much risk to take. He is implementing it well in the league. In the second half of IPL 2021, Virat’s team RCB has played 3 matches so far and in all three he has opened and scored two consecutive half-centuries.
Virat has scored 2 consecutive fifties in IPL 2021
RCB performed brilliantly in the first half of the tournament. But in the first two matches of the UAE leg, the team struggled. However, in the last match against five-time champions Mumbai Indians, the team made a strong comeback after registering a 54-run win. Virat batted brilliantly in this match. He scored 51 runs in 42 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 3 fours. For this reason, Karim feels that he can play the role of an opener in the World Cup.
Expect big innings from Kohli now: Karim
He further said that now everyone will be just waiting to see when he (Kohli) can convert these starts into big scores. If you are an opener and your strike rate is good in the beginning, then you are expected to go ahead and convert that start into a big score.
Virat scored 307 runs in 10 matches in IPL 2021
If we talk about Kohli, then he started the innings with Rohit in the last and fifth T20 of the home T20 series against England this year. Then he played an innings of 80 not out in 52 balls. After this he also expressed his desire to open in T20. However, after that he did not open the innings in the international T20. But he is definitely doing this in IPL 2021. He has scored 307 runs in 10 matches so far and has scored 3 half-centuries.
Virat has so far started the innings in 8 out of 90 international T20 matches. In this he has scored 278 runs. Opening his best score is 80 not out, which he scored against England in March this year.