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What Happened When Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma Last Opened For India In T20Is

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma are backbone of India's batting [x.com]Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma are backbone of India's batting [x.com]

As the T20 World Cup 2024 kicks off, the Indian cricket team, led by Rohit Sharma, is eager to bring the trophy home for the first time since 2007.

With India set to begin their campaign against Ireland on June 5 at the Nassau Cricket Stadium in New York, the question on everyone's mind is who will open alongside Rohit Sharma.

Given Virat Kohli's exceptional form in IPL 2024, many fans and experts are advocating for him to partner with Rohit at the top.

Reflecting on their previous partnership, the memory is nothing short of exhilarating. Back in March 2021, against England in Ahmedabad, India saw Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli providing a masterclass in aggressive and skillful batting.

Rohit Sharma was in scintillating form, scoring a rapid 64 off just 34 balls, showcasing his trademark elegance and power. Virat Kohli, playing a more anchoring role initially, shifted gears later in the innings to score an unbeaten 80 off 52 balls. 

This dynamic partnership was instrumental in setting a strong foundation for India, leading to a formidable total of 224/2 in their 20 overs.

The chemistry between Rohit and Kohli was evident as they effortlessly rotated the strike and dispatched bad deliveries with authority. Their partnership of 94 runs in just 8.5 overs set the tone for the innings, allowing the middle order to build on the solid platform.

In response, England struggled to keep up with the required run rate and was eventually restricted to 188/8, giving India a comprehensive 36-run victory.

This match highlighted the potential of Rohit and Kohli as an opening pair, combining aggressive intent with strategic play.

As the Indian team gears up for the T20 World Cup 2024, the debate on whether Kohli should open with Rohit continues to intensify.