On the eve of the three-match ODI series against England, India Captain Virat Kohli said that Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan will definitely open innings for India in the upcoming ODI series.
Virat also said that his step to open India’s Innings with Rohit Sharma in the 5th T20I doesn’t mean that he would open India’s innings regularly across all formats. “As far as the opening combination is concerned, Shikhar (Dhawan) and Rohit (Sharma) will definitely start. These two players have been amazing for us in the past few years”, Virat said at the pre-series virtual press conference.
On Opening the batting with Rohit in future & whether that will be seen more in the future, Virat Kohli said, “It’s not a guarantee that this is going to be considered in the future. To open up a slot for Suryakumar who is playing outstandingly, I can do anything to do that”, Kohli said indicating that he moved to the top order to help Suryakumar Yadav who made his debut in the recently ended T20I series, bat up in top batting order.
Kohli who had recently spoken against the ‘Controversial Umpire’s Call’ in the DRS system, reaffirmed his reservations against “Umpire’s Call” & said there must be no fault in the game that could affect results in a big tournament.
“I’ve played for a long time when there was no DRS. When the umpire gave it out, it stayed out. When you get bowled as a batsman, you don’t consider if more than half of the ball is hitting the stumps. Umpire’s Call is creating more confusion. You don’t want some grey areas and factors in the game, which could define big games and tournaments”, Kohli signed off.