"I feel he will open with Rohit in the T20 World Cup" - Parthiv Patel


After Rohit Sharma and his men thrashed the visiting side of West Indies in the 1st T20I played on 16th February, many former cricketers and cricket experts started to share their opinion about the game.

In this case, the former Indian cricketer, Parthiv Patel has also shared a few words ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup which is going to be held at the Australia backyard.

The top-order batters Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan have performed well as the Hitman smashed an entertaining knock of 40 runs from just 19 balls and Ishan played a runner ball, having scored 35 runs.

However, India won the match with the help of Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer who have done a good job by coming down the order for their side. 

He allows Rohit to take a bit of time: Parthiv Patel

Ishan Kishan

The former wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has chosen KL Rahul over Ishan Kishan and Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

While speaking to Cricbuzz, Parthiv Patel said, "KL Rahul is a long-term opening option for me. When Rahul returns to the team, I think he will open the innings with Rohit. Personally, I feel he will open with Rohit in the T20 World Cup."

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"Ishan Kishan is not a bad option when he is in rhythm. When he is in the right mind space, he allows Rohit to take a bit of time. But I think it will be Rahul and Rohit at the World Cup," he added.

"For me, this has been the No. 1 opening pair for quite some time. Of course, when it comes to options, India have innumerable ones and it is up to them which one to pick. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Venkatesh Iyer, Ishan Kishan - all are openers. But for me, in T20Is, Rohit and KL Rahul are the best options as openers for the T20 World Cup," he concluded. 

"Ishan Kishan was trying to hit the ball too hard instead of timing it. When he was playing cross-batted strokes, he was using the bottom hand so much that the face of the bat was closing. Instead, he could have shown some patience and played a few shots with a straight bat. But it just did not happen for him on the day," he further added.