‘Virat Kohli will remain at No. 3’ – Wasim Jaffer shares thoughts about India squad for T20 World Cup
'KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma should open,' added Jaffer.
Updated - Aug 1, 2022 8:58 pm
Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer reckons that Virat Kohli will remain in the number three position for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia in October. Jaffer added that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma should open, and players such as Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan can also contribute to the squad.
The former Indian opener is impressed with the aggressive approach that India has taken in recent times, and he believes that has increased India’s chances of winning the T20 World Cup. Jaffer also spoke about the scheduling and players having to manage to play across formats.
“Virat will remain in his original No. 3 place in the team. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma should open, and other players like Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, and Ishan Kishan can contribute significantly to the squad,” said Jaffer during a session of ‘CricChat show’ on the Sharechat app. “I feel that the aggressive approach that India has undertaken is very nice to witness. India’s chances of winning (T20 World Cup) are bright,” said Jaffer.
You must change and adapt to the format, or you will cease to exist: Jaffer
“Fitting in all three formats of cricket would have been exceedingly tough (ODI, T20, and Test). You must change and adapt to the format, or you will cease to exist. Despite my high esteem for players like Cheteshwar Pujara, one cannot play like him in this era, or you’ll merely play Test cricket, which is also not guaranteed,” said the former Indian batter.
Speaking of his social media banter with former England captain Michael Vaughan, he said that he does not like people putting India down. He said that he has the platform to give a reply. When asked about having a biopic on his life and playing career in the future, he said that he would like Bollywood star Vicky Kaushal to play his character. “I would want Yograj Singh to portray Chandrakant Pandit and Vicky Kaushal to play my character,” said the 44-year-old.