Virat Kohli Can Go To Number Four At World Cup – Ravi Shastri
While the Indian national cricket team is on the final preparation mode of the upcoming World Cup, the head coach Ravi Shastri speaks about the flexibility of the team. Even the head coach added that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli could bat at number four during the World Cup.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is less than four months away to begin. Like every team, the two-time World Cup-winners India are also focusing on their final preparation. Talking about the World Cup squad, Ravi Shastri recently spoke about the flexibility of India’s top batting order.
The head coach claimed that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli can bat at number four during the World Cup if the conditions and situations demand. At present, Virat Kohli bats at number three in the limited-overs cricket. Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu bats at number four position, and he has impressed in that spot. However, the head coach claimed that their top-order flexibility allowed them to change the batting orders according to the situation.
The head coach said, “The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them, if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up. That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).”
Why should I lose my best batsman early in a World Cup match
Though the limited-overs top-orders are in useful forms, recently they have faced some batting collapses. Observing these, the Indian head coach has claimed to change Virat Kohli’s batting order during the World Cup.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the opening partners in the limited-overs cricket. In the present time, both are in-forms and generally provide the proper starts for the national team. Talking about Virat Kohli’s batting demotion in World Cup, Ravi Shastri said that they didn’t want to lose their best batsman at early. So, in the bowling friendly conditions, they wouldn’t hesitate to send Virat Kohli at number four in the batting order.
Ravi Shastri added, “But we will assess that on seeing conditions there in England. You don’t want to be 18-3 or 16-4 in a big tournament. I don’t care about bilateral ODIs, but why should I lose my best batsman early in a World Cup match (if the conditions are bowler friendly)?”
England and Wales will organise the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30 May to 14 July.
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