Virat Kohli is good enough to bat at any position in ODIs: Sir Viv Richards

Sidharth Gulati / 24 January 2015

Sir Viv Richards has backed India’s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni’s ploy to shift Virat Kohli to number four position as he feels that it will allow Kohli to anchor his innings according to the match situation. 

In the ongoing Carlton-Mid ODI Tri-Series, Kohli failed while batting at number four in India’s first two matches against Australia and England, scoring just 9 and 5 respectively. But with just 20 more days to go for the ICC World Cup 2015, Richards feels that Kohli should continue to bat at number four position if that is in the best interest of the Indian team. 
He said:

“I believe number four is quite a good position for any good batsman. 

“On these bouncy Australian wickets, there will always be some batsmen who are going to get outdone by that, especially early in the order. It makes sense to have Virat Kohli bat at number four in such a scenario then because he can dictate terms whatever situation the match is in.”

Richards also said that a batsman like Kohli, who has scored 21 ODI hundreds in such a short span of time, is good enough to bat at any position for his team in the ODIs. 

“As the best batsman of the side, you want him to play more overs. But he also has to be comfortable doing the job for you. I am sure this is something the team management ought to have discussed among themselves.”

“If Virat is feeling comfortable batting in that position, then it is good for their team. Because, personally, I feel Virat is good enough to bat almost anywhere, at whichever spot in the batting order,” Richards added.


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