RCB captain Virat Kohli confirmed that he would open the batting for RCB in the IPL 2021. But RCB’s Director of Cricket, Mike Hessen has said that the idea of Kohli playing as an opener for RCB was discussed before the mini-auction in February.
“We had talked about Virat Opening the Batting before the auction because it came in our auction planning & how we wanted to structure our whole lineup”, Mike Hessen said in a video posted on the Official Twitter Handle of RCB.
“Delighted to know that he got an opportunity to open for India & he showed everybody what he is actually capable of. We certainly know that but it is another reminder for everybody. Looking forward to opening the batting with Padikkal. We know Virat’s record after he gets through the power play, he is phenomenal”, Hessen added.
Virat Kohli had opened the batting for India in the 5th & final T20I against England. In that match, he scored an unbeaten 80 runs as India win over England in the five-match T20I series. After winning the fifth T20I, Virat had confirmed that he would open the batting for RCB in the IPL 2021.
After the match, Kohli had said, “I am going to open in the IPL to keep all options open. I have batted at No. three & fourth spot. Now I need to understand my role as an opener which I have done successfully in the past T20I match so that I provide an option to open up a slot for Surya”.
Virat Kohli further said, “If he can continue to bat like that, I should be open up to play any kind of role that the team demands me to. We will have a conversation about this when we will come close to the T20 World Cup. I want to see how I do my job as an opener in the IPL 2021”. The final match of the IPL 2021 will be played on May 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium.