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Kohli confirms Team India’s opening pair for England ODIs

Team India defeated England in the five-match T20I series. The shortest format had every bit of spice, drama and nail-biting moments in the passage of play. Both the teams tried their best to come out on top. In the end, Virat Kohli & Co won the series.

Earlier, it appeared that India would lose the series because England were 2-1 up in the series. They were just one win away from clinching the series. However, India came up with a better game plan and won back-to-back games to seal the series.

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Both the teams are ready to lock horns with each other in the three-match ODI series. The first match is scheduled to be held on March 23 at Maharashtra Cricket Stadium Association in Pune. All the three games will be held in the same venue only.

Virat Kohli confirms opening pair of England ODIs

Indian captain Virat Kohli addressed the reporters at the pre-match press conference where he confirmed his team’s opening pair for England ODIs. Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan was sidelined right after the T20I opener against England.

As far as ODI opening pair is concerned, Kohli made his stance quite clear that Rohit and Dhawan will open the innings for Team India.

“Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will definitely open. When it comes to ODI, there are no doubts about that. They’ve been amazing over the past few years,” said captain Virat Kohli in his press conference.

Furthermore, the Indian captain also said that he wants to understand his role as an opener. The 32-year-old captain took the cricket fraternity by surprise as he opened the innings alongside Rohit Sharma. The duo added a game-changing 94-run stand for the opening wicket. Rohit scored 64 off 34 balls including 4 fours and 5 sixes.

Virat remained unbeaten on 80 off 52 balls including 7 fours and 2 sixes.“As Rohit mentioned, it was a strategic move but we enjoyed batting together and we saw the effects of batting together. It’s not a guarantee that this is going to continue in the future. I am going to open in the IPL to keep all options.

Now I want to understand my role as an opener as well so that I can open up a slot for someone like Surya. I should be able to play any kind of role that the team requires me to. We’ll take a call closer to the World Cup,” Kohli concluded.

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