Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir was all reward for Virat Kohli as he demoted himself to No. 4 in order to accommodate Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan in the battling line-up through the first ODI encounter towards Australia in Mumbai. With all three main batsmen in the crew, Kohli determined to not bat at his most popular No. three place and Gambhir believes that he ought to be applauded for his choice. The choice, nonetheless, didn’t do a lot for the hosts as they had been crushed by 10 wickets with David Warner and Aaron Finch scoring centuries.
“I have heard that in the film industry some stars are conscious of how much airtime they are getting in a film, if they have got the most juicy-punchy lines, – who is featuring in the promo/trailer etc. Insecurity? Competition? Market forces? I am not sure what to call this. I am not even sure if these are facts or grapevine mills going berserk. But I can tell you how insecurity impacts my profession,” Gambhir wrote in his column for Times of India.
“I have come across a few cases where batsmen have been reluctant to leave their batting slots. This is largely done to safeguard their own interests rather than looking at the overall well-being of the team. These batsmen guard their position in the batting order so fiercely that at times they have even risked getting dropped,”
“Given this background, I think captain Virat Kohli should be applauded for batting at number four in Mumbai against Australia to accommodate Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul,” he mentioned.
Gambhir has been a critic in terms of Kohli’s captaincy however he identified that in this case, the Indian cricket crew skipper is seeking to create a legacy that ‘puts the team first’.
“Besides, Kohli is also making a subtle statement as a leader. He is trying to build a legacy that puts the team first. I am not a big fan of Kohli’s captaincy but then the guy is at least trying with good intent,” he added.