Ravi Shastri’s idea of playing Virat Kohli at no.4 has found an avid supporter in India’s chief selector, MSK Prasad. Shastri had earlier opined that if the situation demands the Indian skipper can bat at no.4. The idea has been quashed by most of the cricket pundits since Virat has been exceptional at no.3 and you don’t want to disturb the position of someone as important as Kohli in the team.

But the idea has been supported by few people as well and MSK Prasad is one of those men, whose opinion matters a lot since he is one of the major stakeholders in Indian cricket at present juncture of time. 

“I think it is a wonderful thought that Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 and that is what Ravi Shastri has expressed. This has been happening for quite some time, but we will have to see. Because Virat has done extremely well at No.3. He is the No.1 batsman in the world. But if it is for the requirement of the team and Virat has to come at No.4 he will definitely do it. But again, we will have to see what the team requires and what the dynamics of the team is. That will decide his batting position,” said in a recent interview on Hotstar. 

It is Shastri, whose words sparked a debate about Kohli’s batting position. Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri had said that flexibility is paramount is big ICC megaevents and separating the top three might well make India’s batting stronger.

“The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them, if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up. That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).

“Maybe Rayudu, or someone else, could bat at number three, and Kohli comes in at number four. We wouldn’t want to disturb the opening combination. Separating the top-three could make the batting stronger,” Shastri had told Cricbuzz.
 

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