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Virat and Rohit should open for India in T20 World Cup: Sourav Ganguly
Virat and Rohit should open for India in T20 World Cup: Sourav Ganguly

New Delhi, April 23 : Sourav Ganguly, the former India skipper currently serving as director of cricket at Delhi Capitals, thinks that captain Rohit Sharma and talismanic batter Virat Kohli should open the batting in the Men’s T20 World Cup, to be held from June 1 in West Indies and USA.

Rohit had been declared as India’s captain for the mega event by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah at Rajkot in February, but who opens the batting alongside him is the question. Kohli is currently the leading run-getter in IPL 2024, amassing 379 runs in eight innings as an opener for the Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

The other opening contender is young left-handed batter Yashasvi Jaiswal, who’s been going through a lean patch for Rajasthan Royals in the competition. Jaiswal, though, has smashed a half-century against Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL 2024 match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

"Both will and should go to the West Indies. 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, but Rohit and Virat should open.”

“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, just need to go and hit. The mindset should be to hit and then we'll see what happens after 5-6 overs. But I don't think Yashasvi's name has dropped too far down the ladder. He's a special player," said Ganguly in a select media interaction organised by the franchise on Monday.

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