Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri recently suggested that he is open to batting Virat Kohli at no.4 slot in 2019 Cricket World Cup that will take place in England and Wales. Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar also believes that there needs to be flexibility in India’s batting cometh the World Cup.
“There needs to be flexibility. More the flexibility in the batting line-up, more beneficial to the team. Let’s look at what happened in the Champions Trophy final. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Mohammed Aamir early. When Virat Kohli came out to bat, the ball was swinging quite a bit. Pakistan were pumped up after having put 300 on the board,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by India Today.
“In such situations, an important player like Virat Kohli needs protection. He can come in at No. 4. Maybe the ball may not move that much when the No. 4 batsman walks out to the middle. Such moves can be beneficial to the team.
“Yes, according to the conditions, flexibility is needed. If not, Virat Kohli is suited to batting at No. 3. In conditions that are conducive to swing bowling, India can afford to play Virat at No. 4,” he added.