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Did Virat Kohli demotion in his batting position affected the result at the Gabba, Brisbane? Yes, says Michael Clarke. The former Australian skipper feels that Virat Kohli should never drop himself down the order across all the formats. On the other night, Team India failed to chase the score, where number three and number four fared pretty poorly.
In a chase which required a run-rate of 10, the team needs the top-order scoring the bulk of runs to push for a victory. But that wasn’t the case, as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul failed to trouble the scorers. They were quickly followed by number four-Virat Kohli as well.
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I want to see Virat Kohli at number three – Michael Clarke
Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik tried their heart out but failed to guide Team India to victory. Meanwhile, in the post-match presentation, Michael Clarke expressed his discomfort in watching Virat Kohli bat at the number four position.
He feels that Virat Kohli is a kind of batsman, who sets in the crease and then delivers the victory for his side. Clarke wants him to do the same without any shuffle in his batting order across the formats.
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“Virat Kohli is that batsman who can come in, take a few balls and bat till the end and win you games. I would want to see him bat up the order at No.3. He can even open but not go down the order,” Michael Clarke quoted.
However, it would be interesting to see how Team India comes up with their plans in the upcoming game. It is certainly going to be a pressure game, as the series is at stake.
Apart from the batting order troubles, Team India also got the concerns in the form of their fifth bowler as well. Most likely, Krunal Pandya will be replaced by Chahal or Washington Sundar.
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