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Flexible batting order can ‘surprise’ India’s opponents: Kohli

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DUBLIN
Virat Kohli believes a flexible batting order will help keep India’s opponents guessing while they are in Ireland and England. India launched their tour with a 78-run thrashing of Ireland in the first Twenty20 international in Dublin.
Kohli, one of the world’s leading batsmen, was involved in two surprises — he came in at a relatively lowly number six and was promptly out for a second-ball duck.
But by then India were well on the way to going 1-0 up in a two-match series, with Rohit Sharma (97) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) sharing an opening stand of 160 in 16 overs. Suresh Raina was then sent in when Ireland eventually ended India’s second-highest opening T20 stand. MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya came in at the fall of the next two wickets before Kohli decided to go in with just three balls remaining. After they leave Ireland, India have three Twenty20 matches against England before they face them in both one-day international and Test series.
“The middle order is something we can experiment with in T20 games,” said Kohli. “I’ve got a good mindset of who’s batting where so in the next few games, not just the Ireland ones but also against England, we will look to be flexible and use them as and when the situation requires them,” the skipper added.



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