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Virat or Yashasvi: Who should open alongside Rohit in remaining T20 World Cup games?

Virat or Yashasvi who should open for India?

India’s strategy of giving Virat Kohli the opening slot has not worked yet in the ongoing T20 World Cup. As the tournament progresses to the next round, where the teams will fight for the semi-final spot. The biggest question is whether India will stick with their plan or include Yashasvi in the team as a specialist opener. Let us look at details on Virat or Yashasvi who should open for India?  

The main aim behind giving Virat the role to open the innings with skipper Rohit Sharma is to keep one extra all-rounder in the team on the newly constructed pitches in the USA.  

Kohli’s form in the recently concluded IPL as an opener also supported this move. The 35-year-old went on to struck 741 runs in 15 Indian Premier League 2024 matches. While opening the innings for his side, Royal Challengers Bengaluru. 

But Kohli has failed to carry his similar form into marquee event and only managed to score to 1 against Ireland, 4 against Pakistan. While went back to pavilion without scoring a run versus USA. 

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However, India went on to win all of their 3 games so far despite Kohli’s poor run and will likely to play their last group stage game against Canada with the similar eleven on June 15. 

But when the challenges will be doubled as India set to face Afghanistan on June 20, and Australia on June 24. The management will need to take a call whether to go as per their current plan or include the specialist opener Yashasvi in the final eleven and give Virat his usual no.3 position. 

Virat or Yashasvi who should open for India?

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Virat Kohli stats as an opener in T20Is  

PositionMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6s
1st Position51193923.80138.3700182
2nd Position7286122*57.20167.2512319

 Virat Kohli at no.3 position in T20Is  

PositionMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6s
3rd position80307694*53.96135.2603227679

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Yashasvi Jaiswal stats as an opener in T20Is  

Yashasvi is no doubt is new in this Indian setup and has played only 17 T20Is for India thus far with no big event experience. But his ability to perform against the best bowlers in the world and his technique speaks for him.  

PlayerMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6s
Yashasvi Jaiswal1750210033.46161.93145528

Vineet Vashisht
Vineet Vashisht
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