Author: Abhishek Rajan
After batting at no. 4 in the first ODI against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium, Virat Kohli has hinted that he might return to no. 3 where he has batted for most parts of his ODI career.
The reason why Kohli had to bat at no. 4 in the first ODI was because he played three openers in the XI and he had to accommodate all of them in top 3.
The Indian captain had a choice to make between KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, but he decided to play them both, considering their recent form.
Although both Dhawan and Rahul did well playing in the top order, Kohli didn’t succeed at no. 4 and couldn’t control the Indian innings as well as he normally does.
When Kohli was asked in the post-match presentation ceremony why he chose to bat at no. 4 despite being so successful at no. 3, he said he did it because he wanted to give Rahul a batting position where he was comfortable.
However, Kohli insisted that he might have to give it a thought again after the way the Indian innings crumbled at the Wankhede Stadium.
“We’ve had this discussion many times in the past as well, due to the way KL has been batting. We’ve tried to fit him into the team.” Kohli said while talking to Sanjay Manjrekar after the game.
“Having said that, it hasn’t gone our way when I have batted at no.4, so we have to see how it goes.” Kohli added.
India had to suffer a humiliating defeat in the first ODI, as Australia made a mockery of the score the men in blue posted on the board.
Aaron Finch and David Warner scored hundreds as Australia reached the target of 256 inside 40 overs with both the openers remaining unbeaten at the crease.
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