Virat Kohli, Vikram Rathour back KLRahul as India opener in T20Is

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Rahul has scored 1, 0 and 0, lasting a combined 14 balls across three innings this series

Before the start of India’s five-match T20I series against England, Virat Kohli had stated explicitly that India’s first-choice opening combination would be KL Rahul partnering Rohit Sharma. Since then, India are trailing 2-1 in the series and Rahul has strung together a binary score sequence of 1, 0, 0, having lasted a combined 14 balls across three innings.

India have other options at the top of the order – Shikhar Dhawan is in the squad, Ishan Kishan made a blazingly successful debut at the top of the order, and Mayank Agarwal is on the fringes too – but for now, Kohli and batting coach Vikram Rathour have unequivocally backed Rahul, describing him as among the best in the world, and in Team India.

Asked about Rahul’s lean run at the post-match presentation, Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports that form in T20 cricket could turn around very quickly, pointing to his own example where he shrugged off a run of poor scores to hit 73* and 77* in the last two T20Is.

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