Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 to be played in USA and West Indies, former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly has suggested that star batsman Virat Kohli should open for the Men in Blue in the marquee event.

According to Ganguly, it will be crucial for India if Kohli plays with the same freedom in the T20 World Cup as he did in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.  

The former BCCI president believes that if Team India is to do well in the T20 World Cup, Kohli needs to bat with freedom at the top of the order.

“I would open with Virat and Rohit. I want Virat to bat the way he did for RCB in the second half of the IPL. He has to bat with freedom. Needless to say, he is a great player, but for India to do well, Virat will have to bat with freedom like he did in the IPL. So my choice would be Virat and Rohit at the top of the order,” said Ganguly during a recent interaction.

India will begin their T20 WC campaign against Ireland at the newly constructed Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on June 5. The Men in Blue will next lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue on June 9.

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