I Want Virat Kohli To Open With Rohit Sharma, So That He Can Just Go Out And Unleash Himself – Parthiv Patel


Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has once again backed Virat Kohli to open the innings for Team India alongside captain Rohit Sharma in the Asia Cup 2022, saying that he wants Kohli to just walk out to bat and unleash himself.

The Asia Cup 2022, which is the 15th edition of the tournament, is set to be played from August 27 to September 11. The entire tournament is set to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The games will be played across two venues, including Dubai International Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
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On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and KL Rahul and Virat Kohli have returned to the squad.

Speaking on Cricbuzz, Parthiv ahead of India’s squad selection for the Asia Cup said that Kohli will get an opportunity to play freely if he opens for India.

“I would want Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to open. I want Kohli to open so that he can just go out and unleash himself. He’s taken a break, but we all know there’s no shortage of ability in his batting style.

“As an opener, you start the game at 0-0. Whereas at No.3, you have to play according to the situation. Kohli can play the way he wants and can still play at a strike rate of 170, and if two wickets have fallen early, he can also play at 130,” he said.

All his runs and his big knocks have come as an opener in the IPL – Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 37-year-old further said that Kohli doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone as he has already done a lot for India National Cricket Team. He added that Kohli’s big knocks in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have come as an opener and he likes to play at that position.

“You want Kohli to play as freely as he can. There’s no pressure on him and he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He’s already scored 70 hundreds and has scored plenty of runs.

“All his runs and his big knocks have come as an opener in the IPL in 2016, 2017 and 2018. That’s the position that he likes and he likes to go out there and play an attacking brand of cricket,” he further added.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

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