Yadav said that the 34-year old laid the foundation for the rest of the batters.

Skipper Rohit Sharma led India from the front with the bat against the Kieron Pollard-led team in the first T20I at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The 34-year old amassed a quickfire 40 runs off just 19 deliveries. His opening partner Ishan Kishan accumulated 35.

Even though Ishan played as an opener, former wicket-keeper batter Parthiv Patel reckons that the left-handed batter will not be Men on Blue’s opener at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Parthiv Patel reckons that the left-handed batter will not be Men on Blue’s opener at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

He gave his vote to limited-overs vice-captain KL Rahul. Patel said that a Karnataka-based player is a long-term option.

“KL Rahul is a long-term opening option. When he returns to the team, I think he will open the innings with Rohit. Personally, I feel KL will open with Rohit in the global event,” said Parthiv Patel while speaking to Cricbuzz.

“Ishan is not a bad player when he is in form. He allows Rohit to take a bit of time to settle down. But I think it will be Rahul and Rohit at the World Cup,” hes said.

Chasing 158 runs to win, the Men in Blue completed the task after losing just 4 wickets.

While Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten 34 off 18 balls, Venkatesh Iyer amassed 24 runs off 13 balls.

While Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten 34 off 18 balls, Venkatesh Iyer amassed 24 runs off 13 balls.

Earlier, medium-pacer Harshal Patel and leggie Ravi Bishnoi took two wickets each to keep the rivals under control.

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