Virat Kohli could open in the Asia Cup 2022 says Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel said Virat Kohli could play as the opener at the 2022 Asian Cup

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Former Indian wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel suggested senior player Virat Kohli could open the batting order for India at the Asia Cup later this month.

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel said Virat Kohli could opener at Asia Cup 2022 as KL Rahul is still unfit. Patel also said India have already tested several players for the opening spot and it's likely Kohli could play at the top.
The former wicketkeeper-batter went on to say that Virat has done well as an opening batter in the Indian Premier League. Patel thinks it's only a matter of time before Virat hits the score button.
The former Indian skipper is expected to return to feature at the Asian Cup. With Suryakumar Yadav currently opening the batting order with Rohit Sharma in the West Indies T20Is, Parthiv reckons Kohli could be used in the same capacity at the Asia Cup if he returns to the side.
“There is no doubt about Virat Kohli's abilities. It's only a matter of time before he scores for India. With the T20 World Championship coming up, the Asia Cup is very important to him.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to announce the squad for the multi-team event. Kohli is currently on hiatus from the ongoing West Indies tour and will also miss the ODI series in Zimbabwe.
You might see Virat Kohli open at the Asia Cup: Parthiv Patel
India's regular opener KL Rahul has not played in the shortest format on the international stage for more than eight months. The string of injuries and fitness concerns have derailed his return to the Indian side. There is no confirmation of the Karnataka player's availability at the Asia Cup.
India have been looking to open in the bilateral series with Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad in recent months.
“I keep saying about the combination because that would be the key. You might see Virat Kohli open in the Asia Cup because KL Rahul is not fit at the moment. And India has tried many other openers. They tried Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav in this series,” said Patel.
India will play their first game of the 2022 Asian Cup against Pakistan on August 28 in Dubai.