Virat Kohli suggests KL Rahul will keep in T20Is too

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India captain Virat Kohli has suggested that KL Rahul will keep in the upcoming T20Is too, as it has given them an option of playing an extra batsman in the XI.

Rahul kept wickets in two ODIs against Australia even though Rishabh Pant was fit to play in the third game in Bengaluru. Kohli had said a day before the first T20I in New Zealand that Rahul “doing really well with the [keeping] gloves” has “opened up another kind of scenario” for them.

With Shikhar Dhawan’s injury, Rahul is also going to get back to opening in the T20Is in New Zealand.

“[Dhawan’s injury] will certainly alter a few plans for us… in the one-day game, we’ll have to think of sticking to the same what we did in Rajkot (in the second ODI), that will probably work best for us as a side, have another guy at the top and let KL just express himself at that position where he played really well,” Kohli said. “In T20 cricket, obviously the dynamics change a little bit more, because we do have lower-order batsmen who have done well. We have a few more options there in terms of solidifying that spot and probably let KL bat at the top.

“Him doing really well with the gloves has really opened up another kind of scenario for us where it gives us a lot more balance in terms of playing an extra batter. If he can keep that well, and perform well with the bat, then why not? As I said, this is something that we are looking to continue for a while. And nothing taken away from anyone else, it’s just what brings the best balance to the side.”

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