IND vs IRE: Ambati Rayudu predicts Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma to steal the show in T20 WC 2024 match against Ireland

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Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Virat Kohli


Former Indian cricketer turned commentator Ambati Rayudu shared his thoughts on Team India’s opening match in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland on Wednesday, June 5 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York .

Highlighting the importance of the opening pair for the Indian cricket team, Rayudu predicted that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will open the innings for the 2007 T20 World Cup champions against Ireland, and the duo will be crucial in generating the momentum. for the game in New York. York.

Ambati Rayudu predicts Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will lead Indian charge against Ireland

He further predicted that all the attention will be on the dashing right-hander Kohli and Indian captain Rohit and their partnership against Ireland as he feels they are going to provide the momentum for the Indian cricket team in the opening match against Ireland as well as in the World T20 2024.

With the Men in Blue aiming to make a winning but strong start in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, the former Indian batsman emphasized the importance of an opening partnership between Rohit and Kohli in shaping the team’s tone in the tournament. 20 teams in the US and Caribbean.

Moving on to the India-Ireland encounter in New York, the cricket expert highlighted Josh Little as a key player in the Irish bowling line-up who should watch out for the Indian batsmen.

However, Rayudu’s expected team has depth in the batting line-up, which has Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav apart from Rohit, and Kohli apart from Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.

He had also picked Axar Patel in his playing XI to strengthen India’s batting depth against Ireland. However, it remains to be seen which combination Rohit and the team management will choose.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to set the tone for India in T20 World Cup 2024

Well, given Little’s familiarity with the Indian batsmen and their strengths and weaknesses having been a part of the IPL for the last two seasons, Rayudu suggested that the left-arm pacer could play an important role in Ireland’s strategy against the formidable Indian batting lineup in the much awaited game.

Ambati Rayudu said on Star Sports: “This is Spotlight and today we are talking about India and Ireland. I think for me the focus will be on the initial couple. I guess it will be Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and I think they will set the momentum for this match. And going into the tournament, I think it’s going to be a crucial, crucial partnership that’s going to happen and I’m really looking forward to it. And for me, in terms of Ireland, I think Josh Little, who knows the Indian batsmen and the strengths and weaknesses of them, will play a big role in Irish bowling.”

Notably, Rayudu only picked Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah in his pace attack for India’s XI for the T20 World Cup 2024 opener against Ireland. Rayudu’s predicted XI for India vs Ireland: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh.