KL Rahul said that Virat Kohli has been working on his game since the last 2-3 series
KL Rahul said that Virat Kohli played his part well in the Afghanistan match
KL Rahul said that Virat Kohli has the desire and passion to win matches for India
India's other captain KL Rahul gave a fitting answer when asked if former captain Virat Kohli should open the team.
Kohli opened the innings for India alongside Rahul in the team's Super Four match against Afghanistan in the 2022 Asia Cup. Kohli, who recently returned to the team after a hiatus due to mental health issues, showed glimpses of returning to form in the continental tournament. But during the match against Afghanistan, Kohli surprised himself by claiming his 71st T20I international century. The former Indian captain ended his century drought with a 100-ball 53 and remained unbeaten on 122 runs. His innings had 12 boundaries and six boundaries as he holds the record for the highest number of runs by an Indian in the nearest format. During the match, Kohli also became the second Indian player after Rohit Sharma to hit six hundreds in T20Is and the second player to break the 3500 mark after Rohit.
"So, what do you want me to do- sit out?" chuckles KL Rahul while answering whether Kohli should continue opening the innings for India.
"Virat scoring runs is a huge bonus for us," continued Rahul in the press conference. "He must be pleased with his batting. He has been working on his game since the last 2-3 series and it has come off beautifully. If you play 2-3 innings like this, you get confidence. Happy he could play that way."
Kohli opened the innings without skipper Rohit Sharma, who was rested for the match against Afghanistan. However, KL Rahul added that Kohli can also hit hundreds in triple figures. "It's not like he can only hit hundreds when he opens. If he can hit at number three, he can also score hundreds and that's the job the team wants him to do. He's doing . Today, he did his part well. He will do his next job in the next series with a good performance, there is no doubt about that,” Rahul said. "The desire and passion to win games for his country is always there for him. But the numbers are thinking for us. His contribution in the last 2-3 years is still amazing. He is still among the top two or three fastest pacers in white-ball cricket."
India ended their Asia Cup campaign with a bang as Rahul's men beat Afghanistan by 101 runs on September 8 in Dubai.