Kohli says flexible batting order can ‘surprise’ India’s opponents

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 on Wednesday.

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.

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