12 Mar 2021: India vs England: Rahul, Rohit to open, confirms Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli, on Thursday, confirmed that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open in the opening T20I against England.
Kohli spoke on the same in a virtual press conference on the eve of series opener in Ahmedabad.
He also mentioned that Shikhar Dhawan will play in the side as a "third opener".
Here are the further details.
Words: The duo has been performing at the top: Kohli
"It's quite simple, KL and Rohit have been performing at the top of the order for us and those two would start," the Indian skipper said in the virtual press conference.
"And if Rohit takes rest or KL has a niggle or something Shikki (Shikhar Dhawan) obviously comes back as a third opener. The starting composition, Rohit and Rahul will start."
Openers: Dhawan and Rahul opened in Australia
Dhawan and Rahul opened for India in the T20I series Down Under as Rohit missed out due to injury.
However, with Rohit's return, skipper Kohli had a difficult choice to make between Rahul and Dhawan.
Considering Rahul's recent run in the Indian Premier League, he has been given the responsibility to open alongside Rohit.
The former also gives an extra dimension with his wicket-keeping.