Virat Kohli to open against Ireland: Here's a look at his performances in T20 format as an opener

Notably, it’s not the first time when Virat Kohli will be opening the innings in the shortest format of the game. He has been seen opening the innings for RCB in the IPL.

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Rohit Sharma-led Team India are currently in action in their T20 World Cup 2024 campaign opener against Ireland. Looking at the playing XI of the men in blue in this clash against Ireland, the air has been cleared around the question of ‘India’s opening pair’ in the T20 World Cup. Benching Yashasvi Jaiswal has made it clear that the former skipper and the modern-day batting great Virat Kohli is set to open the innings, alongside the current skipper Rohit Sharma.

However, it’s not the first time when Virat Kohli will be opening the innings in the shortest format of the game. He has been seen coming bat at number 1 or number 2 in the Indian Premier League for his franchise team Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). Besides that, he has also opened the innings for India in the T20Is, alongside Rohit Sharma.

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Here’s a look at Virat Kohli’s stats as an opener in T20s (non-international):

Matches  123 
Innings  122 
Not-Outs  20 
Balls Faced  3393 
Highest Score  122*
Average  46.58 
Strike Rate  140.05 
100s 
50s  33 
Ducks 
4s  449 
6s 169

 

Virat Kohli’s stats as an opener in T20 Internationals (T20Is):

Matches  10
Innings 
Not-outs 
Runs  400
Balls Faced  248 
Highest Score  122*
Average  57.14 
Strike Rate  161.29 
100s 
50s  2
Ducks 
4s  48 
6s  11

It is also looking quite clear from India’s combination against Ireland that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma might be seen opening the innings in the high-octane clash against the arch-rivals, Pakistan on June 9, 2024, at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

Speaking of the action of the ongoing game between India and Ireland, the men in blue are completely dominating the match as they have sent 6 Irish batters back to the pavilion just at the score of 46 runs in 9.4 overs at the time of filling this copy. Strike pacer Arshdeep Singh and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya have scalped 2 wickets each for India at the time of filling this copy. Besides these, Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah have also bagged one wicket each. 

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