Recently, the national team head coach, Ravi Shastri revealed the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli could come to bat at no.4 during the upcoming 2019 World Cup. However, the former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly doesn’t feel it will be the right tactics for India.
During a recent interview with Cricbuzz, Ravi Shastri spoke about their Indian batting line-up planning for the upcoming World Cup. The no.1 ODI ranked batsman, Virat Kohli generally bats at no.3 in ODI format.
At present, he is a very consistent performer in that position. However, Ravi Shastri has spoken to change his batting order during some special occasion.
The Indian head coach claimed if the condition and situation favour for the swing bowlers, they could try to hold their best batsman for later.
England and Wales are going to host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30 May to 14 July. As generally that time favours for the swing bowlers, Ravi Shastri has come with this special plan. The Indian head coach doesn’t want to repeat their top-order disaster like in the final of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
In further, Ravi Shastri added they didn’t want to disturb the openers. So, either Ambati Rayudu or someone else would come to bat at no.3 in those crucial situations. Ambati Rayudu is currently performing consistently at no.4 batting position.
The legendary Indian batsman, Sunil Gavaskar also supported this special plan for the special occasion. He feels the more flexibility in the batting line-up can produce more beneficial to the Indian team.
Sourav Ganguly doesn’t agree with this idea
However, Sourav Ganguly doesn’t support this special plan. The former Indian captain feels the present top-order ODI batting line-up is the strength of the Indian side.
Sourav Ganguly told in IndiaTV’s show Cricket Ki Baat, “Virat Kohli will be coming back in the series to play at No.3. I was reading in the papers that Ravi [Shastri] wants him to play at No.4 but I don’t know who will play at No.3 then. Maybe Ambati Rayudu will play at No.3 with Kohli at No.4 but I don’t think that it is the right move because Kohli at No.3 is a huge player and this is India’s strength in ODIs — Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.”
Before the upcoming World Cup, India will play a five-match home ODI series against Australia. It will be interesting to see whether the Indian team management applies this special idea during the upcoming series or not. India will begin their World Cup campaign on 5 June against South Africa at Southampton.