Former India cricketers Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Irfan Pathan backed star batsman Virat Kohli to bat at third place in their projected playing XI through the three-match series against Australia as the final stage of T20 World Cup preparations Is. After this, there is to be an ODI and T20 series with South Africa.

Kohli returns as second highest run-scorer in Asia Cup 2022

After taking a month-and-a-half break from cricket, Kohli returned as the second-highest run-scorer in the Asia Cup 2022, scoring 276 runs in six matches at a strike rate of 147.59. Including an unbeaten 122 against Afghanistan and Hong Kong. He played a half-century innings against Pakistan.

Kohli’s return to form is a good start for India in their quest to win the T20 World Cup trophy in Australia. Which will be just the second time since winning the tournament’s inaugural season in 2007 in South Africa from 16 October to 13 November.

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“Wherever you play, whether you are playing in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, my playing 11 is always fixed. For the first match – KL Rahul,” Srikkanth said on ‘Follow the Blues’ show on Star Sports And Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli – number three, Suryakumar Yadav – number four, number five Hardik Pandya, number six Rishabh Pant, number seven – Ashwin, eight-Chahal, 9, 10, 11- Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this team, (Jasprit) Bumrah and of course Harshal Patel.

Compared to Srikanth, Pathan has a slightly different approach

Compared to Srikanth, Pathan has a slightly different approach. As who should open in the playing XI for the Indian team ahead of the T20 World Cup. With Dinesh Karthik as the lone keeper instead of Rishabh Pant.

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He said, “Look, in my opinion, if you are playing the first match, you need some experienced bowlers including a spinner. So, my playing 11 will be – Rohit, KL Rahul, No. 3 – Virat (Kohli), Number four – Suryakumar Yadav, number five – Deepak Hooda, number six – Hardik Pandya, number seven – Dinesh Karthik.

Want to make a place for the fast bowler Arshdeep Singh to be included in the tournament

He said that he wants to make room for young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh to be in the tournament. “There will be Yuzvendra Chahal at number eight and from 9 to 11 he can go for Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.”

India will play a warm-up match against Australia and New Zealand at The Gabba, Brisbane on October 17. And 19 respectively in their Super 12 opening match against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.