Virat Kohli Can Come In At No.4 Batting Position In Special Situations – Sunil Gavaskar
Recently, the Indian national cricket team‘s head coach Ravi Shastri revealed that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli could bat at no.4 during the upcoming World Cup. The legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar also supports this suggestion.
Ravi Shastri recently spoke about the flexibility of Indian top-order batting line-up. Generally, in ODI cricket, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan open the innings. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli comes to bat at no.3 while Ambati Rayudu is taking the no.4 batting responsibility.
However, Ravi Shastri claimed that their best batsman Virat Kohli could come to bat at number four during the World Cup if the conditions and situations demand. He further added that 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.
More the flexibility in the batting line-up, more beneficial to the team
Now, Sunil Gavaskar has also supported this suggestion. The legendary Indian batsman also believes that the more flexibility in the top-order batting line-up can provide more benefits to the team.
Talking about this, Sunil Gavaskar pointed out India’s situation during the final of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan. Chasing down the 339-run target, India lost the opener Rohit Sharma and the no.3 batsman Virat Kohli at the very early stages. Since then, India failed to return the game and lost that match by 180 runs.
Sunil Gavaskar feels that in such critical situations, the no.1 ODI ranked batsman Virat Kohli needs protection. So, he believes that the Indian skipper can bat at number four if the condition suits for the swing bowling.
Sunil Gavaskar told Aaj Tak, “There needs to be flexibility. More the flexibility in the batting line-up, more beneficial to the team. Let’s look at what happened in the Champions Trophy final. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Mohammed Aamir early. When Virat Kohli came out to bat, the ball was swinging quite a bit. Pakistan were pumped up after having put 300 on the board.”
“In such situations, an important player like Virat Kohli needs protection. He can come in at No. 4. Maybe the ball may not move that much when the No. 4 batsman walks out to the middle. Such moves can be beneficial to the team.
“Yes, according to the conditions, flexibility is needed. If not, Virat Kohli is suited to batting at No. 3. In conditions that are conducive to swing bowling, India can afford to play Virat at No. 4.”
At present, Virat Kohli generally bats at number four in the Test cricket and sometimes in T20I cricket too. However, since the October 2015, he hasn’t come to bat number four in the ODI format. In fact, in between this period, Virat Kohli has batted only once at lower than number three position in ODI cricket. But the team management is confident with this flexibility.
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