IND vs WI: Parthiv Patel slams team management for changing opening pair

IND vs WI T20 series – Parthiv Patel criticizes team management: Former Indian player and wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel slammed Indian…

IND vs. WI T20 series – Parthiv Patel slams team management: Former India player and wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel on Friday slammed the Indian team management for twisting the opening pair once again in the first T20I. According to Parthib, the management wants to fit Virat Kohli in the playing XI when he returns to the Indian team during the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. Follow live updates and scores of all IND vs WI T20 series on InsideSport.IN

  • Team India used Suryakumar Yadav as an alternative to the opening pair to partner Rohit Sharma in the first T20I.
  • According to Parthiv, the team management is making changes at the top to accommodate Virat Kohli
  • Virat Kohli is currently away from the team and will be available for the Asia Cup ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.

IND vs WI: Parthiv Patel slams Indian team management for harakiri with opening pair, ‘they want to try to fit Virat Kohli into that XI’

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Parthiv Patel slammed the Indian team management for tinkering with the opening pair

After the first T20 at the Brian Lara Stadium, he addressed the board and said, “All these changes we are seeing in the opening order, it is happening because they want to try to fit Virat Kohli in that XI. This is why we see Surya and Rishabh Pant opening. It’s something I feel,” said Parthiv at the creek.

According to Parthib, the Indian team is testing combinations to keep Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda in the playing XI. So when Virat comes back, the best option for them is to open the innings instead of sitting out of the team.

Suryakumar Yadav went in the opposite direction

Resting Kohli in the limited-overs series against the West Indies, the Indian team management surprised everyone by surprisingly sending Suryakumar Yadav into the opener. He was used in the 9th different combination in the opener position with Rohit Sharma in the first T20I. The move backfired as Suryakumar was dismissed after a quick 16-ball 24. Interestingly, Rishabh Pant, who opened with Rohit in the T20I against England, came in at number four.

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India’s Opening Pair Combination in Last 12 months

Indian team management is using trail and error method with team combination. Although KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are the first choice pair, it is worth noting that the likes of Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant have also been used by the team management to solve the problems of the opening pair.

Pairing combinations are primarily rotated to rest players in special series or players unavailable due to injury.

India’s opening pair in T20s in the last 12 months:-

  1. KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma
  2. KL Rahul And Ishan Kishan
  3. Rohit Sharma And Ishan Kishan
  4. Ruturaj Gaekwad And Ishan Kishan
  5. Sanju Samson And Rohit Sharma
  6. Deepak Hooda And Ishan Kishan
  7. Ishan Kishan And Sanju Samson
  8. Rohit Sharma And Rishabh Pant
  9. Rohit Sharma And Suryakumar Yadav

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