ICC T20 world cup 2021 is going to start on 17 October in UAE and Oman where 16 countries are going to participate, all the teams announce their squad. India and Pakistan are going to play in the same pool, the first match of India is against Pakistan. Despite all these things, former Indian wicket-keeper Saba Kareem chooses Virat Kohli as opener batsman with Rohit Sharma.
Team India captain Virat Kohli can open the innings. Virat is playing as an opener in IPL 2021 and is scoring runs at a good strike rate. In such a situation, there is a strong possibility of him playing this role in the World Cup as well.
Virat Kohli captaincy in ICC T20 World Cup 2021
In this marquee tournament, BCCI announced the 15-member team India for this tournament. Virat Kohli will lead India’s T20 team for the last time in this tournament. After this, he will play as a batsman in this format.
Former wicketkeeper Saba Karim believes that Virat can also play new roles with the captaincy in this World Cup. He sees a strong possibility that Virat can open the innings for India in the upcoming T20 world cup.
Virat Kohli performance in IPL 2021
Indian captain Virat Kohli sets different goals from her bats with Rohit Sharma he started his inning as an opener in the fifth T20 which is played in India against England where 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.
Saba Kareem trust Virat Kohli in ICC T20 world cup 2021
RCB played a marvelous game against the Last five-time champions Mumbai Indians, the team made a strong comeback by 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.
Saba Kareem further said,
He further said that now everyone will be just waiting to see when he (Kohli) can convert these small scores 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.