At the toss of the recently played fifth T20I between India and England which was played at Ahmedabad, Indian captain Virat Kohli announced that he was going to open the innings for India in coming matches in T20s and later said that he’ll be opening in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) as well.
Virat Kohli opening the innings in T20s was more with making space for Suryakumar Yadav in the playing XI and also about the terrible form of KL Rahul, who made 14 runs in 4 matches before being dropped for the fifth match.
The 32-year-old Indian captain surprised everyone by opening with Rohit Sharma for the first time in T20Is but the move paid rich dividends as it played a massive role in the home side winning the T20Is versus the No. 1 ranked side England. Rohit (64) and Kohli (80*) added 94 runs for the first wicket, as India posted 224/2 in 20 overs in the series-deciding match.
Mike Hesson Posts A Cheeky Comment To Virat Kohli’s Announcement Of Opening For RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will see Virat Kohli opening with Devdutt Padikkal in the IPL 2021. This will ensure that RCB can have an extra batsman or bowler in the playing XI. Kohli has previously opened for RCB as well with his best outing coming in IPL 2016 when he scored 973 runs with 4 centuries to his name.
The franchise posted a photo on their official Instagram account about Virat Kohli announcing that he’ll be opening the innings and this led to RCB’s Director of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson to post a funny comment on the post. He hoped that this announcement will put to end to one of the most consistent questions that he keeps getting every season about the franchise.
“Well that will hopefully stop one of the consistent questions,” He reacted in a cheeky manner to RCB’s post.
The IPL 2021 will begin on April 9 with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the tournament opener to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Due to the COVID-19 threat, the IPL 14 will be held across six cities in the country- Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad, which will also host the playoffs and the final of the tournament.