Virat Kohli, particularly hailed as the world’s best batsman when it comes to chasing a target, is not averse to playing an altogether new role.
India go into the series with two young openers. KL Rahul didn’t have a great ODI series while teenaged powerhouse from Delhi, Rishabh Pant, is as yet an untested quantity in international cricket at the senior level.
Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina are middle-order batsmen with only Mandeep Singh the other top-order batting choice.
So, Virat Kohli didn’t give away much when pushed to say who will open the batting.
“I have only opened once or maybe twice for India, but I have experience opening in the IPL. If need be then I could or I might not depending on the balance of the side. There are all kinds of possibilities,” he said on the eve of the match.