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Ganguly bats for Kohli-Rohit opening combination at WC


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New Delhi, April 22: Virat Kohli is very much capable of getting a 40-ball-100 like Travis Head and he should open the batting with India skipper Rohit Sharma in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Americas, former captain Sourav Ganguly said on Monday.
Kohli recently scored a 67-ball-100 against Rajasthan Royals but received flak because of his strike-rate at a time when openers from other teams are taking anything between 39 to 50 balls to hit the three-figure mark.
“Virat Kohli has got the capability of getting a 40-ball 100 also. As I said at the start, India, with the talent they have, you just need to go and hit. Mindset should be to hit and then we’ll see what happens after 5-6 overs,” Ganguly said.
While Ganguly would like the selection committee, coach Rahul Dravid and Rohit to take decisions in the best interest of the team during the T20 World Cup, he would ideally like to see the Kohli-Rohit opening combination.
“If you ask me and it’s just my personal opinion and I’m not saying that the selectors should do it, because at the end of the day, it’s their call, Rohit and Virat should open.”
After a magnificent home Test series against England, has Yashasvi Jaiswal fallen off the radar in terms of T20 World Cup selection, taking his recent IPL form into account?
“I don’t think Yashasvi’s name has dropped too far down the ladder. He’s a special player,” Ganguly replied.
For him, selection for T20 World Cup shouldn’t be based on one IPL season.
“You have to look at every performance. A good team is a balance of experience and youth. Experienced players in India are tremendous and I’m not saying only because of the number of games they have played but it’s the performances they’ve put over a period of time. It’s unbelievable.
“So from that point of view, it has to be a mixture of young and youth. I’m sure the selectors are matured enough to see over a period of time, not just one IPL, but 2, 3, 4 IPLs.
“Like someone like Shivam Dube, he did it last year also. You gave him a chance for India, he whacked it there also. So they’ve done it over a period of time, Rishabh Pant, Dubey, Surya,” Ganguly gave his view point. (PTI)


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