India’s preparation for the T20 World Cup begins on Tuesday as the Rohit Sharma-led side takes on Australia in a three-match T20I series. Ahead of the opener, former India batter Gautam Gambhir has said that going into the big event you shouldn’t focus on individual landmarks, and the whole focus should be on how valuable a contribution is to making the team win. Gambhir also said that KL Rahul probably has more abilities than Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli.
“That’s a very valid point, the moment someone starts to do very well, for example if Virat Kohli has a hundred in the last match, we all start to forget what KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have been doing for such a long time And suddenly, when you start this debate about Virat Kohli opening the battle, imagine what happens to KL Rahul, you don’t want to put pressure on your top players, especially someone like KL Rahul, who is probably more skills than Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli. And we’ve seen that in international cricket and IPL as well,” Gambhir said at a press conference hosted by Star Sports Network.
“Think from India’s point of view and not from an individual’s point of view. That’s why I think you (Hayden) have made a very valid point that we as pundits and broadcasters need to start thinking about how India can thrive in the World Cup rather than certain individuals who mainly want to hit a certain number,” he added.
While considering whether Virat Kohli should open the trick in T20Is, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden said: “Virat, you know, he’s such a great player of fast bowling, and Australia is full of fast bowling on their cricket team and they are leaning heavily on Adam Zampa now through the middle stages Clues to take the pace off the ball Mitch Marsh too he will handle him well And this great debate around Virat batting GG (Gambhir) and I have been talking about this for the last few days there is no way he has to open the trick, he has to hit number 3, it’s that simple.”
“And again, it’s one of those things that you don’t want to open up the discussion about this. You don’t want to doubt, you don’t want to have KL Rahul in the masterful form he’s been with lately and Rohit Sharma, who captain of the team thinks ‘I need to be a little careful here so you know I’m an opening batsman and it’s my job to play with freedom’ and sadly when you start these debates and you start thinking ‘oh maybe, for his game, he should open’, I’m sure he wouldn’t want to entertain and pressure that,” he added.
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