Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra said that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will be the opening pair that will play in the new era of the Indian cricket team.
India won the first T20I against New Zealand by five wickets after they chased 165 in the final over at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma opted to field first, and experienced campaigners Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/24) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/23) held the Black Caps to 164/6 in the first innings.
Rohit Sharma-KL Rahul add 50 runs in India’s chase against New Zealand
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opened the innings and led the chase with 50 runs between them before the latter departed in the final over of Powerplay to Mitchell Santner.
Rohit went on to score 48 from 36 balls and build another brilliant 58-run partnership with Suryakumar Yadav, who made 62 off 40 balls.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will remain India’s two openers: Aakash Chopra
During a T20 World Cup match against New Zealand, Ishan Kishan was promoted to open the innings along with Rahul.
Chopra said that the selectors should note that they shouldn’t go for too many openers in the squad and let Rohit and Rahul continue to open.
“The Indian team was starting a new era, and they said that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will remain their two openers. We are not going to change. It’s a message to the selectors as well that we cannot play if you pick 5-7 openers because we want to move forward with these two openers,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“Suryakumar Yadav at three. Here also, they didn’t play Ishan Kishan at three. They kept the opener in his place. Surya came and shone. He said that you can cover the sun’s light for some time with the clouds but can’t stop forever,” he added.
India will play the second T20I against New Zealand on November 19 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.