Virat Kohli Needs No Protection In The Batting Order – Sunil Gavaskar
The legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar feels that Virat Kohli is the best no.3 batsman and he needs no protection. However, the legend further added that the Indian team management could use Virat Kohli at no.4 in ODIs in special moments.
During a recent interview with Cricbuzz, Ravi Shastri revealed the Indian batting line-up planning for the upcoming World Cup. The no.1 ODI ranked batsman Virat Kohli regularly bats at no.3 in ODI format. At present, he is a very consistent performer in that position. However, Ravi Shastri has said to change his batting order during some special occasion in the forthcoming World Cup.
The Indian head coach claimed that 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. He doesn’t want to repeat their top-order disaster like in the final of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan.
In further, the head coach claimed that Ambati Rayudu or someone else would come to bat at no.3 in those crucial situations. However, he also added that he didn’t want to disturb the openers.
Sunil Gavaskar’s opinion on this
Recently, Sunil Gavaskar also supported this plan. He feels that it will create more flexibility in the Indian batting line-up. He believes that more flexibility in the batting line-up can produce more beneficial to the Indian team.
However, now Sunil Gavaskar has clarified that Virat Kohli needs no protection in the batting order. He feels that the best batsman should bat at no.3 in general times. Talking about Virat Kohli’s batting at no.4 in ODIs, Sunil Gavaskar advised it only for the swing conditions where the first wicket fell early.
Sunil Gavaskar told India Today, “The best batsman in the world needs no protection in the batting order. But sometimes you have to assess the conditions. There could be a lot of swing and movement in the air in England… and if the opposition makes over 350 and India lose the first wicket early, then Kohli could be protected and sent at No.4.
“This is the very reason why it is really important for India to select its third opener who is technically sound. Because the ball swings and seams around in England. But if the conditions are not very different then Kohli should bat at No.3.”
However, recently the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly didn’t agree with this new plan. He has felt that the Indian team management shouldn’t change the top-order batting line-up – the strength of Indian side.
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