Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri and chief selector, MSK Prasad had opined that India can shift Virat Kohli to no.4 if the circumstances demand so in the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup that commences from May 30 in England and Wales.

Indian ODI team greatly depend on their top three- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. India’s top three form the backbone of the side. There is a view that slotting your best three together can backfire and make the side vulnerable on a challenging track, so it is better to separate the top three, thereby making Kohli bat at 4. It also makes the middle-order stronger.

Kohli revealed whether he would bat no.4 or not. “If that’s the requirement of the team at a particular stage in the game or before a particular game, I am more than happy to do it,” Kohli said ahead of the Hyderabad ODI.

He added, “I have batted a lot of time at No. 4 and so I don’t necessarily need to try it out because I have done that a lot in the past. My game doesn’t change much from No. 3 to No. 4 because the template is quite similar and in any given situation I back myself to play the game that I know. If a team wants it at any stage, I’m more than happy to do it.”

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