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Australia vs India 2018, Day 3 Report
Nathan Lyon and Virat Kohli during play. Source: Getty

Australia vs India 2018, 1st Test, Adelaide, Day 3: Report

In the last 100 years, Australia has lost everytime they were asked to chase anything over 200 at the Adelaide Oval. At tea on day three, the game was inclined towards India. With a lead of 101 in their pocket and the best batters- Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease; the dream was on. The visitors earned the brownie as openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul put on a 63-run stand for the first wicket. It is the best this duo has ever produced on foreign soil.

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Australia vs India 2018, 1st Test, Adelaide, Day 3: Report 1
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Openers provide a solid start for the visitors

Vijay was caught fishing out to Mitchell Starc while KL Rahul once again played a loose shot to bring curtains down on his knock. Cheteshwar Pujara made good use of the review when Nigel Llong raised his finger and then had to change his decision. The dependable batter took his time to get settled in.

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Nathan Lyon was once again the workhorse for the hosts as he kept on looking to get the purchase from the rough marks. Lyon bowled beautifully, adding the flight to his deliveries and changing the pace on occasion. India to their credit did pretty well to tackle Lyon.

Plan against Lyon

Kohli used the depth of the crease and also stretched in front to nib singles. Pujara had to shuffle in time to avoid the footmarks. The duo frustrated Lyon as they kept on building on the stand. There were hardly any chatters involving Kohli. Once the skipper was settled, he went for his shots. Lyon finally got his man with one that spun quite fair. Kohli was dismissed for 34.

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Australia vs India 2018, 1st Test, Adelaide, Day 3: Report 2
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


He consumed 104 balls and hit just three boundaries. Pujara though stayed firm and reassured the stability that he brings to the team. Meanwhile, the rain stayed away in the second half of the game. The day ended with Pujara steering one to the gully for no runs. More importantly, he stayed unbeaten along with Ajinkya Rahane as India now enjoys a lead of 166 with seven wickets in hand.

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The first session of day four will be crucial as the hosts will look to derail the scoring. The visitors have a good opportunity in hands to extend this lead well past 200 and then take the game from there on. Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon picked one wicket each as the Indian batters put miles on the shoes of the bowlers.

Brief Scores:

India: 250 & 151/3 (KL Rahul 44; Starc 1/18)

Australia: 235 ( Head 72; Bumrah 3/48)

Australia vs India 2018/19, MCG
India dominated Australia at the MCG. Image Courtesy: Getty

Australia vs India 2018: Twitter Reacts as India Dominates Aussies at the MCG

Team India has done pretty well to restrict Australians for a moderate total at the MCG. It was a pretty convincing performance from the Indian fast bowlers to keep Australian batsmen calm on the field. However, the brilliance by Ben McDermott helped them to put a respectable total on the board.

Indian bowlers delivered well:

Initially, it was Virat Kohli, who won the toss for the second time in the series and once again, asked his boys to take the field first. This time, they responded brilliantly by getting the wicket of Aaron Finch right in the first over.

Then, it was Khaleel Ahmed, who has been brilliant with the new ball bagged Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short to make things fall in place for team India. However, then came Bumrah to knock Marcus Stonis.

Australia vs India 2018, Team India
Glenn Maxwell (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell tried to settle things in the middle, but Krunal Pandya got the success against him this time to put Australia in troubled waters. However, it was Ben McDermott, who played with the maturity to knock the runs on the board by finding occasional boundaries.

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In the end, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye played breezy knocks to help Ben McDermott stretch the scorecard on the board. Once again, Khaleel Ahmed fared pretty poorly in the death overs of the game.

Australia vs India 2018: Twitter Reacts as India Dominates Aussies at the MCG 3
Khaleel Ahmed (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

As far as the Indian bowling is concerned, Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged a couple of wickets each. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked apiece alongside Krunal Pandya.

Just when the first innings is about to wrap up, the rain God once again intervened into the game. D/L method once again made its way to ask Indians chase 137 in a 19-over game. All in all, an intriguing chase is on the way at MCG.

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Here are the best tweets:

Harsha Bhogle, Australia vs India 2018/19
Harsha Bhogle (Photo by Saikat Paul/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Australia vs India 2018: Harsha Bhogle Feels Current Indian Side Lacks in Fielding Section

Somewhere in search of a team balance, the Indian team lost their top-class fielders in the side, especially, in the T20 format of the game. In result, we already came across the Indians faring pretty poorly in the fielding section at Brisbane and also started the second game with a couple of drop-catches in powerplay overs. Meanwhile, Harsha Bhogle points out something interesting.

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Team India has left out Suresh Raina in the shorter format and rested Ravindra Jadeja as well. Despite having Manish Pandey in the ranks, he has been benched, as Pandey wasn’t up to the mark with his willow.

Digging into Harsha Bhogle’s tweet, it read ”With Raina not around, Manish Pandey not in the 11, Rahane not picked and Jadeja in and out, India’s fielding isn’t as sharp.”

Harsha Bhogle, Australia vs India 2018
Krunal Pandya (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

As it happened:

Coming to the game at MCG, team India has once again won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. This time, Bhuvneshwar struck the wicket right in his first over by sending back Aaron Finch for a golden duck.

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Unlike Brisbane, India gave the new ball to Khaleel Ahmed by asking Jasprit Bumrah stay for a later part. The move certainly worked out brilliantly for the team, as Khaleel sent Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short in quick succession.

Khaleel Ahmed, Australia vs India 2018/19
Khaleel Ahmed bagged the wicket of D’Arcy Short. Image Courtesy: Getty

The stunning display of fast bowling certainly helped team India to take the honours in powerplay overs. It once again came down to Stoinis-Maxwell duo in the middle, but Bumrah sent back Stoinis for a cheap score.

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At the end of seven overs, the scorecard read 41/4 with Khaleel Ahmed bagging two wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with one wicket each.

Krunal Pandya, Glenn Maxwell
Krunal Pandya had the better off Glenn Maxwell in the MCG T20I. Image Courtesy: Getty

Australia vs India 2018: Watch – Krunal Pandya Knocks Out Glenn Maxwell

It was sweet revenge for Krunal Pandya at the MCG. He got Glenn Maxwell with the peach of a delivery to make the things worse for Austalia. The celebration by Krunal Pandya reveals how much he wanted to get the wicket of Glenn Maxwell.

As it happened:

The incident took place in the 11th over of the game when Krunal Pandya was asked to bowl his second over. Maxwell, who got better off him in the previous game was once again looking set to dismantle him.

However, this time, Krunal Pandya has been quite brilliant, who never gave the ball for Maxwell to get underneath it. To break the momentum, Maxwell tried to reverse-sweep him but only managed to be in question of an LBW appeal.

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Glenn Maxwell, Krunal Pandya, Australia vs India 2018/19
Glenn Maxwell knocked out. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Certainly, it played in his mind, who tried to defend the next ball. But, Krunal was brilliant in giving the ball the required air to dismantle the LED lights of Maxwell. The wicket saw Australians reeling at 62/5.

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Coming to the course of the game, initially, it was once again, Virat Kohli, who won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Justifying the toss decision, the Indian bowlers delivered the goods at regular intervals of time.

Krunal Pandya, Australia vs India 2018/19
Krunal Pandya Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, none of the Australian batsmen looked settled in tackling the Indian fast bowlers thus making things look bleak on the scorecard. Kuldeep Yadav is the other bowler, who troubled Australian batsmen with his mastery.

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All in all, the first half of the first innings has gone in team India’s way. Most probably, they would see themselves chasing a below-par total on the board at the MCG.

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Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Kartik, Kuldeep Yadav
Ravindra Jadeja. (photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Australia vs India 2018: Murali Kartik Want Ravindra Jadeja to be India’s Second Spinner Ahead of Kuldeep Yadav

Former Indian spinner and now turned commentator Murali Kartik wants Ravindra Jadeja to be India’s second choice spinner ahead of Kuldeep Yadav. Ravichandran Ashwin is going to be India’s first choice tweaker in the forthcoming Test series against Australia. Ravindra Jadeja had performed well in the fifth and final Test match against England.

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Jadeja scored an unbeaten 86 at the Oval to keep India in the game. The southpaw spinner also scalped five wickets in the final Test. Furthermore, Jadeja went on to score his maiden Test hundred in the first Test match against the Windies. Thus, Jadeja is in good form in the red ball version. Furthermore, Jadeja is in sublime form in the domestic circuit.

Mohinder Amarnath, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, England vs India 2018
Ravindra Jadeja. Credits: AFP.

Jadeja is in good form.

On the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav had got his chance in the second Test match at Lord’s against England, however, the conditions were not suited for a spinner. Yadav scalped his maiden five-wicket haul against the Windies and has performed consistently in the white ball format. Therefore, the mystery chinaman spinner is also pushing for his place in the Test side.

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“It is not a 15-member or a 16-member squad. There is no question of limiting your option. They have got enough people there. They have covers for every player. I think whatever they have in terms of ammunition, I think, everyone is there in Australia,” opined Kartik.

Kartik said it would be interesting to how Rishabh Pant will fare out. Pant has done a decent job with the bat, however, he still needs to pull his socks in the wicketkeeping department.

England v India 2018, Rishabh Pant, Adam Gilchrist
Rishabh Pant. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“Someone like Wriddhiman Saha has not recovered who is among the best keepers in the country and it will be interesting to see how Rishabh Pant is going to play there. It will be closely contested series,” he said.

Murali Kartik believes Ravindra Jadeja should be India’s second choice spinner if they decide to play with two spinners. Kartik said there is no reason to drop Jadeja after his good performance in the recent past.

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Kuldeep Yadav, Michael Clarke, Australia vs India 2018
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kuldeep has also done well.

“It is a very tough one (to pick either Kuldeep or Jadeja). But if you look at Ravindra Jadeja’s performance in Test cricket, there is no reason for him to get dropped. It all depends on the surface. Some would say Kuldeep should play. There is a general perception that Adelaide and Sydney are more suitable to spinners but it is not necessary that ball will spin there because these pitches are flat tracks.”

Ravindra Jadeja has done a good job in the recent past. In fact, India is likely to go with a full-packed pace attack and they would have Ashwin in the first place. The first Test match will take place at Adelaide from December 6.

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VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, India
VVS Laxman says Kohli is an example for exciting cricketers. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Australia vs India 2018: Sledging is a Very Misunderstood Word – VVS Laxman

Perhaps, the contemporary generation has failed to understand the difference between sledging and abusing. Gone are those days when sledging used to be the beautiful aspect of the game. Players of either team use their words to perfection to distract the batsman or a bowler to gain the psychological advantage. However, of late, it wasn’t the case. Meanwhile, the former Test specialist VVS Laxman spoke on the same.

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Sledging doesn’t mean talking about personal issues – VVS Laxman

Recently, VVS Laxman launched his autobiography named ”281 and beyond”. During the event, he spoke to Times of India, where he cited about the terms like sledging, aggression and chances for team India in Australia.

“It doesn’t mean you abuse someone or you start talking about personal issues. The term sledging is about how you distract the batsman, or the bowler too. And there are various ways to do that. I felt the best sledgers I’ve come across were Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. Zaheer was so smart, he would talk about the things which may irritate the batsmen. Something as simple as ‘you are struggling now. I know that I’ve got you.’ It’s just about creating that iota of doubt in the batsman’s mind,” VVS said.

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VVS Laxman, Sledging, 281 and Beyond
VVS Laxman (Photo by Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

“Aggression has to be very natural. Some players show off their aggression, some are internally aggressive. If you are trying to be someone who you are not, then you will struggle. Ultimately when you are playing at the highest level, you have to be mentally tough and mentally tough or having killer instinct doesn’t mean you show off your emotions,” he added.

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Indians have the potential to beat Australia in Australia – VVS Laxman

The former batsman also felt team India has the required potential to push for a victory against Australia in Australia. He opines it wouldn’t have been mattered if Steven Smith or David Warner present in the opposition ranks.

Australia vs India 2018, Steve Waugh
Team India (Credits – Twitter)

“I believe this tour gives the current Indian team the opportunity, not just because David Warner and Steve Smith are not there. I just feel there is enough potential in this team to beat Australia in Australia,” he inferred.

All in all, the launch was completed in a pretty nice way with many stalwarts appearing at the event. Laxman has revealed many interesting aspects that happened during his journey to become India’s Very Very Special Player.

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Australia vs India 2018, 2nd T20I, Weather Report
Virat Kohli and Marcus Stoinis(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia vs India 2018: 2nd T20I, Melbourne – Weather Report

India will like to keep themselves alive as the second T20I is a do or die affair for the Men in Blue. Australia was audacious in their batting approach and was able to get a good total on the board. Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa had shined for the hosts. However, valiant effort from Kuldeep Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, and Dinesh Karthik went in vain. We bring you the latest Weather Report.

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Australia is not in the best of forms and the Brisbane win would have acted as a shot in the arm. The hosts have won only six matches out of the last 23 they have played since the ball tampering scandal, which goes to show their poor form. However, things can quickly change as the players need the confidence to get themselves going.

Virat Kohli, Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

India has a score to settle.

The hosts have got the impetus on their side and would like to continue in a similar fashion. On the other hand, India will have a task on their hands as they would like to turn the tide after a narrow loss.

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Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had a rare off day at work as he bungled a catch. Furthermore, the talisman batsman could only score four runs with the bat. The tourists will need their deputy Rohit Sharma to get going as the flamboyant batsman made just seven runs in the series opener.

Krunal Pandya, Australia vs India 2018/19
Glenn Maxwell. Image Courtesy: Getty

India was also sloppy in the field as their ground fielding was not up to the mark. Australia was able to draw first blood, however, the hosts also fluffed their chances on the field. Thus, both teams will like to pull up their socks in the fielding department, which plays a key role in T20I format. Furthermore, the Australian grounds are huge which makes it even more important.

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Weather Report:

The rain had made its appearance in the first T20I at Brisbane. We had gone on to lose three overs and Duckworth Lewis method came up. In fact, rain is expected to once again to play a killjoy. The temperature is going to stay around 15 Degree Celsius and it is going to be a cloudy and breezy day in Melbourne.

Virat Kohli, Michael Clarke
Virat Kohli (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Australia vs India 2018: I Like to See Virat Kohli Bat at Number Three – Michael Clarke

Did Virat Kohli demotion in his batting position affected the result at the Gabba, Brisbane? Yes, says Michael Clarke. The former Australian skipper feels that Virat Kohli should never drop himself down the order across all the formats. On the other night, Team India failed to chase the score, where number three and number four fared pretty poorly.

In a chase which required a run-rate of 10, the team needs the top-order scoring the bulk of runs to push for a victory. But that wasn’t the case, as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul failed to trouble the scorers. They were quickly followed by number four-Virat Kohli as well.

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I want to see Virat Kohli at number three – Michael Clarke

Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik tried their heart out but failed to guide Team India to victory. Meanwhile, in the post-match presentation, Michael Clarke expressed his discomfort in watching Virat Kohli bat at the number four position.

Michael Clarke, Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018
Michael Clarke (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

He feels that Virat Kohli is a kind of batsman, who sets in the crease and then delivers the victory for his side. Clarke wants him to do the same without any shuffle in his batting order across the formats.

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“Virat Kohli is that batsman who can come in, take a few balls and bat till the end and win you games. I would want to see him bat up the order at No.3. He can even open but not go down the order,” Michael Clarke quoted.

Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018
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However, it would be interesting to see how Team India comes up with their plans in the upcoming game. It is certainly going to be a pressure game, as the series is at stake.

Apart from the batting order troubles, Team India also got the concerns in the form of their fifth bowler as well. Most likely, Krunal Pandya will be replaced by Chahal or Washington Sundar.

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Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018, Two Possible Replacements
Virat Kohli might try different combination. (Credits - Twitter)

Australia vs India 2018: Two Possible Replacements For Team India In 2nd T20I

Team India once again started their overseas tour with a shock treatment. Much like earlier stints, they are so near to the victory but yet so far. The youth-filled Indian side failed to take down the Australians at The Gabba, Brisbane, where they ended up being four runs short, as per the D/L method.

Australians displayed top-notch cricket by performing brilliantly in all three sections of the game. First, they were solid in their batting approach and then stuck to their plans in bowling as well. As far as fielding is concerned, they are a mile ahead of the Indians.

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Meanwhile, we have figured out two possible replacements for Team India, who can make the difference in the upcoming game at Melbourne.

Australia vs India 2018:,Two Possible Replacements
Krunal Pandya fared pretty poorly. (Credits – Twitter)

Here are they:

1. Krunal Pandya:

Unless you failed to make up time for the first T20I game, you would be surprised to see his name on the list. Krunal Pandya failed to carry-on his charisma on Australian soil, where he played a villain role for Team India.

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He was the victim of Glenn Maxwell’s stunning striking and never really got the line to keep the batsman in check. Krunal Pandya leaked as many as 55 runs in his four-over spell to become a bowler who conceded highest runs in a T20I game between Australia and India.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Two Possible replacements
Yuzvendra Chahal (PC -Getty Images)

However, he got a glorious chance to push India for the victory with his willow. Unfortunately, he was once again on the wrong side of the things, as he failed to put the bat on ball. Most probably, he will be replaced with Yuzvendra Chahal. And also, they might consider Washington Sundar.

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2. Khaleel Ahmed:

The youngster would have considered himself lucky after bagging the wicket, right on his first delivery. But, that wasn’t the case, as Chris Lynn unleashed his Lynnsanity on the youngster, who had no plans in tackling that.

Khaleel Ahmed, D'Arcy Short, Australia vs India 2018
Khaleel Ahmed (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australian batsmen made Khaleel Ahmed look like a club bowler at one stage, which would have really concerned the analysts, who are dreaming Khaleel would take the third bowler role in ICC World Cup 2019.

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Thus, Umesh Yadav can come into the ranks, as he got some serious pace with him, which would be key on the Australian wickets. Meanwhile, there is also a slight chance that they would stick to Khaleel, as Ravi Shastri said that they don’t care about results in T20I cricket.

Virat Kohli, Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia vs India 2018: Sunil Gavaskar Surprised to See Virat Kohli Bat At Number Four

It seems like India’s number four problems in ODI format has vanished and appeared in the form of number three in T20I format. Over the years, Virat Kohli has been pretty dominant at number three slot for India but, surprisingly, he is sacrificing it for KL Rahul, who also got a great record at top-order.

Though the reason looks valid, the demotion of Virat Kohli to number four isn’t working. Though KL Rahul is knocking runs for the side, it is the matter of consistency, which is hurting India badly.

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KL Rahul knocked a sensational hundred against England in T20I format. Perhaps, this would have played in the minds of Team India management but the demotion is certainly not helping Virat Kohli, who takes time before unleashing himself.

Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018
Sunil Gavaskar. Credit: Getty Images.

Sunil Gavaskar asks to experiment after winning the series:

On the 0ther hand, it goes same for KL Rahul as well. Rahul has been solid at top-order but failed to knock the runs when it comes to number four slot. Certainly, it kept the Team Management biting their nails while planning the batting order.

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Meanwhile, the former Indian skipper and also the legendary figure, Sunil Gavaskar isn’t impressed with the decision. He wants Virat Kohli to bat at top order and doesn’t want to change.

Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018
Virat Kohli (Credits – Getty Images)

Gavaskar went on to say that the Team management should not experiment right in the first game, as it might affect in later stages. At all costs, Sunil Gavaskar asked Virat Kohli to bat at number three in T20I games as well.

 “I don’t think Kohli should have batted at No.4. In the first match of the tour, you want to bat on the position you generally bat on. It is only when you have won a series, you take such chances,” Gavaskar said in the post-match show of the match.

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All in all, it would be interesting to see whether Team India considers the suggestion made by Sunil Gavaskar or not. The second game of the series is set to be played on Friday at MCG.

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