Cricket - Featured - January 16, 2020

Virat Kohli to “rethink” about batting at No.4

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Team India skipper Virat Kohli stated that he will “rethink” about batting at No.4. This statement came as he failed yet again batting at that position. India went on to lose the series opener by 10-wickets against Australia Mumbai. 

A lot of talking has been happening over India’s top order combination lately. While Rohit returned for the Australia series, Dhawan and Rahul have also been in good form. All three of them played in the first ODI. As a result, Virat Kohli pushed himself down to No.4 in the order. Subsequently, others also had to move down the order. Kedar Jadhav could not even fit into the XI due to this. 

No.4 not ideal for skip Virat Kohli!

While Dhawan scored 74 at the top, Rahul made 47 at No.3. Virat Kohli, however, was dismissed cheaply at No.4. He could manage to score only 16 runs. Previous stats indicate that Virat Kohli has not had success at this position. His last few scores in ODIs at No.4 are 16, 7, 12, 11, 3*, 4 and 9, dating back to January 2015. The last time Virat Kohli scored big at No.4 was way back in November 2014. He admitted that the team has not benefited when he has batted at No.4 recently. 

Virat Kohli to "rethink" about batting at No.4
Indian skipper Virat Kohli

We’ve had this discussion many times in the past,” Kohli told Star Sports, the host broadcaster, about his batting position. “Because of the way KL has been batting, we have tried to fit him in the batting line-up. Having said that, I don’t think it’s quite gone our way whenever I’ve batted No. 4 so we’ll probably have to rethink about that one.

All in all it’s about giving some guys opportunities and you’ll never know if this works or not if you don’t try. It’s very easy to just go with one template and just follow it non-stop. I think people need to relax and not panic with one game, I’m allowed to experiment a little bit and fail as well at times. You lose games here and there but today was one of the days where it didn’t come off.”

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