Kris Srikkanth, Irfan Pathan back Virat Kohli to bat at No.3 | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketers Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Irfan Pathan backed talismanic hitter Virat Kohli at bat in third place in their scheduled playing XI as the final stage of preparations for the World Cup kick-off Men’s T20 through the three-game series against Australia, followed by South Africa.
After taking a month-and-a-half break, Kohli returned to form at the 2022 Asian Cup as the second-best run-getter, with 276 points in six matches at a 147.59 strike rate. including 122 against Afghanistan and a fifties double against Hong Kong and Pakistan respectively.
Kohli’s return to form bodes well for India in their quest to lift the trophy at the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, to be held October 16-November 13, for only the second time after winning the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2007 in South Africa. .
“My 11 game, wherever you play, whether you play in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, my 11 game is always fixed. For the first game – KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli – number three, Suryakumar Yadav – number four, number five is Hardik Pandya, number six is ​​Rishabh Pant, number seven – Ashwin, eight – Chahal, 9, 10, 11 – in this particular team will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, (Jasprit) Bumrah and of course Harshal Patel,” said said Srikkanth on Star Sports’ “Follow The Blues” show.
Compared to Srikkanth, Pathan had a slightly different take on who should start in India’s starting XI ahead of the Men’s T20 World Cup, opting to keep Dinesh Karthik as the sole goalkeeper instead of Rishabh Pant.
“See, in my opinion, if you play the first game, you must have experienced bowlers, including a spinner. So from the top, my game 11 would be – Rohit, KL Rahul, number three – Virat (Kohli), number four – Suryakumar Yadav, number five – Deepak Hooda, number six – Hardik Pandya, number seven – Dinesh Karthik.”
He added that he wanted to make room for young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh to be included at some point in the tournament. “Number eight will be a right leg spinner so that would be (Yuzvendra) Chahal, 9-11, here will be Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel and with that you can go for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.”
“So there will be a combination here, three fast bowlers of which two are quality fast bowlers, who can also play the death. And I will make sure I have the combination and the freedom to choose the three fast bowlers , even Arshdeep (Singh) to handle death bowling So in my opinion in Game 11 the spinner is clear, it’s just if I can make room for Arshdeep in the team.”
Ahead of their Super 12 opener against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, India will play warm-up matches against Australia and New Zealand on October 17 and 19 respectively at The Gabba, Brisbane.

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