After winning the 5-Test and 3-ODI series against England, Virat Kohli-led men began their T20I journey on a shaky note. India lost the first T20I at Kanpur by 7 wickets on Kohli’s captaincy debut. After the match, Kohli in the post-match press conference reasoned that 170-175 would have been a competitive total. While many others were surprised with Kohli opening the innings, one cannot disregard the fact that he scored over 1,000 runs while opening the innings in IPL 2016. With no Rohit Sharma around, Kohli felt the need to begin the proceedings for India along with Rahul, to add balance, providing opportunity to players like Suresh Raina to come up and play their best game.