‘They want to fit in Virat Kohli in the XI’ – Parthiv Patel weighs in on India’s fluctuating batting combinations
Kohli isn’t part of the West Indies tour, having been rested alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, amongst others.
Updated - Jul 30, 2022 6:14 pm
Rahul Dravid’s reign has seen a number of changes in the Indian team with the Men in Blue having tried several opening combinations, including Suryakumar Yadav, who opened alongside skipper Rohit Sharma in the first T20I against West Indies on July 29. Former Indian wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel believes that all these ongoing changes are to accommodate Virat Kohli in the side.
In the past couple of months, India have opened with Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rishabh Pant, and Suryakumar Yadav in the T20Is with regular opener KL Rahul being absent. But Parthiv believes that the changes in the batting order might be to accommodate former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has been out of touch with the bat.
Parthiv said that Kohli is a legend of the game and that India does not want to head into the T20 World Cup without the batting superstar, and that is why they are trying these combinations to fit him into the Indian T20I team.
“He is a legend of the game. And all these changes we are seeing in the opening order, that’s happening because they want to try and fit in Virat Kohli in that XI. That’s the reason we are seeing Surya and Rishabh Pant opening. That’s something I feel,” Parthiv Patel said on Cricbuzz.
Would’ve liked to see Kohli play West Indies ODIs: Parthiv Patel
The former RCB player also stated that the batting ace should have been part of the ODI team in the recently concluded series against the West Indies as it is a bit easier to regain form in the longer form of the game with more time at the batter’s disposal. He cited the examples of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill, who rediscovered their run-scoring form in the series.
“I would have liked to see him (Kohli) play the one-day series. It is an easier option of coming back to form. There are fifty overs, there’s a lot of time. Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill came back to run-scoring with almost a-run-a-ball,” the former Indian cricketer added.