Changes in opening order happening because they want to fit Virat Kohli in playing XI : Parthiv Patel
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New Delhi : Former India wicketkeeper- batter Parthiv Patel reasoned that the changes in the opening order of the team is happening to accommodate Virat Kohli in the playing XI. With Kohli rested for the limited-overs series against West Indies, the Indian think tank stunned everyone by sending Suryakumar Yadav to open the innings with Rohit Sharma in the first T20I. The move backfired as Suryakumar was dismissed after scoring a quick 16-ball 24. Notably, Rishabh Pant, who opened with Rohit during the T20Is against England, came in at number four.
"All these changes we are seeing in the opening order, that's happening because they want to try and fit in Virat Kohli in that XI. That's the reason we are seeing Surya and Rishabh Pant opening. That's something I feel," Parthiv said on Cricbuzz.Kohli has been enduring a dip in form for quite some time now. The former India captain has also not scored a century in over two years in any format. He managed to score only 31 runs in two outings during the Birmingham Test, which India lost to England by seven wickets. He then scored 1 and 11 in the second and third T20I and, 16 and 17 in the second and third ODI against England.When the squads for India's limited-overs tour of West Indies was announced, Kohli invited criticism by former cricketers for taking a break instead of playing the matches to regain his form. Kohli was earlier rested for the third T20I against West Indies at home and three T20Is against Sri Lanka. Post IPL 2022, he missed the five-match T20I series against South Africa at home.
Parthiv also suggested that Kohli should consider playing ODIs to come back to form.