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ICC T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli to bat at No 3 before warm-up match against England

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Indian captain Virat Kohli said at the toss of the warm-up match against England in Dubai on Monday that he would bat at number three. Kohli had earlier said that he wants to open in T20 cricket and Indian fans were looking forward to an opening partnership with Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. But it seems the Indian skipper has decided to stick to his number three spot, the kind of form KL Rahul has shown in the recently concluded UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021).

“Things were different before IPL, now it’s hard to look beyond KL Rahul at the top of the order. Rohit is a no-brainer. World class player, he is strong from the front. I will bat at 3. That’s the only news I have to start with. I can give for it,” Kohli said at the toss.

After deciding to bowl first in the warm-up match against England, Kohli said the purpose of playing these matches is to give players play time before the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.

“We are pretty settled in terms of how we are going to start in the first game. Also we want to give as many people as possible opportunities in these games. We would like to give game-time to most of them. Kohli added said.

India will begin its campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24. Former India captain MS Dhoni has joined the India camp as a mentor.

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KL Rahul’s promotion to the top order is not unexpected as he showed great form during the IPL. Rahul opened the batting for Punjab Kings in the UAE leg of the IPL, scoring 49, 21, 21, 67, 39 and 98*.

Opening, Kohli himself was in good batting form for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

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