Speaking to the media ahead of the three-match international T20 series against Australia starting here on Tuesday, Rohit said team management has absolute clarity on the role of each player in the squad.
The Australia series will be followed by three matches against a tour of South Africa before India heads for the T20 World Cup Down Under.
“Rahul (Dravid) bhai and I had a conversation that we should open Virat in some games because he is our third opener. In the last game we saw what he did (as an opener) and we are clearly happy with that,” said Rohit, referring to Kohli’s 100 against Afghanistan in the Asian Cup earlier this month.
It was Kohli’s first hundred since November 2019 and 71st overall. While naming Kohli as the team’s backup opener, Rohit also clarified that Rahul will remain his opening partner.
“KL Rahul will open for us at the T20 World Cup. We are not going to experiment much with that position. His performances often stand out. He is a very important player for India.”
“If you look at his performance over the last two to three years, it has been very good. I want to make it clear to everyone that we have absolute clarity on this and we know that very well. There is no confusion,” said the skipper in a lighter tone.
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Rahul’s strike rate has been questioned for some time and with Kohli taking shape at the Asian Cup, the debate over who should be Rohit’s opening partner has intensified.
“It’s clear to us what KL has in store for us. He’s also a match winner for us. We didn’t pick a backup opener and Virat can obviously open for us. He’s done that well for his IPL franchise over the year,” Rohit added.