Kohli stands by openers


Suffering much criticism of late, India captain Virat Kohli has stood by his top order batsmen and urged fans to be patient with them.

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan all failed to accumulate over 50-run partnerships during their ODI series against England, Kohli reckons that it is not a serious concern and that they need support.

With their next limited-overs matches taking place in June as they will defend their Champions Trophy in England, the Indian captain is confident that they are going to resolve their issues.

“Whatever areas or concerns we have, we’ll address them,” Kohli told reporters.

“First we didn’t have an opening problem, it was an issue with the middle order. Now the middle order has been sorted.

“We have very good openers with us. It’s not a case where we have to find openers. You have to give chances for people to come back into form.

“I think if we back our openers and give them confidence, it’s all about one or two innings in international cricket. Once you get the flow, everything clicks.”