Dubai: India opener KL Rahul started from where he left off in the Indian Premier League. The timing, the confidence, and the ability to clear the ropes were all there as he went on to hit a breathtaking 51 off 24 balls on Monday in India’s first warm-up game against England.

Rahul and makeshift opener Ishan Kishan got India off to a rollicking start and that helped them gun down a big score of 189. India won the game by seven wickets and an over still to go.

Ex-India cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra made a huge statement on Rahul, hailing him as India’s best T20 player.

Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that Rahul would be opening with Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup. Earlier, there were speculations over who will open as Kohli had expressed his desire to partner Rohit Sharma at the top.