The Indian Premier League 2024 is nearing its conclusion. After the conclusion of the league, the Indian cricket team will leave for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in the West Indies and the US. 20 teams will participate in this big ICC tournament. At the same time, before the start of the World Cup, Delhi Capitals head coach and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting provided special support to the Indian team. Ponting believes that Kohli should open the batting in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup.

Ricky Ponting urges Virat Kohli to open the innings

Ricky Ponting told the ICC, “The selectors will have to take a decision on India’s opening pair.” Yashasvi Jaiswal is also in the team. A decision will have to be taken on his batting position. I am confident that Virat Kohli will open the innings with Rohit Sharma. He excels as an opener. After him, Suryakumar Yadav and other batsmen can score runs quickly. There is a debate about higher than average strike rate in modern cricket, but Virat Kohli’s contribution to the Indian team should not be underestimated.

If the Indian management follows Ponting’s advice, then Yashasvi Jaiswal may have to sit out of the playing 11. In such a situation, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant can be seen playing together.

The former Australian captain further said about Virat Kohli, ‘Three or four years ago, any club believed that someone in the top order of batting could score 80 or 100 runs in 60 balls. But the team now expects the batsman to score 40 runs in 15 balls. I believe that cricketers like Virat Kohli are needed in high-pressure situations during big matches.’

Let us tell you that Virat Kohli is in great form as an opening batsman in the IPL. He has scored 708 runs in 14 matches for RCB so far, which includes one century and five half-centuries.