It seems like India’s number four problems in ODI format has vanished and appeared in the form of number three in T20I format. Over the years, Virat Kohli has been pretty dominant at number three slot for India but, surprisingly, he is sacrificing it for KL Rahul, who also got a great record at top-order.
Though the reason looks valid, the demotion of Virat Kohli to number four isn’t working. Though KL Rahul is knocking runs for the side, it is the matter of consistency, which is hurting India badly.
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KL Rahul knocked a sensational hundred against England in T20I format. Perhaps, this would have played in the minds of Team India management but the demotion is certainly not helping Virat Kohli, who takes time before unleashing himself.
Sunil Gavaskar asks to experiment after winning the series:
On the 0ther hand, it goes same for KL Rahul as well. Rahul has been solid at top-order but failed to knock the runs when it comes to number four slot. Certainly, it kept the Team Management biting their nails while planning the batting order.
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Meanwhile, the former Indian skipper and also the legendary figure, Sunil Gavaskar isn’t impressed with the decision. He wants Virat Kohli to bat at top order and doesn’t want to change.
Gavaskar went on to say that the Team management should not experiment right in the first game, as it might affect in later stages. At all costs, Sunil Gavaskar asked Virat Kohli to bat at number three in T20I games as well.
“I don’t think Kohli should have batted at No.4. In the first match of the tour, you want to bat on the position you generally bat on. It is only when you have won a series, you take such chances,” Gavaskar said in the post-match show of the match.
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All in all, it would be interesting to see whether Team India considers the suggestion made by Sunil Gavaskar or not. The second game of the series is set to be played on Friday at MCG.