Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden questioned India skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to bat at quantity 4 within the first ODI of three-match collection between the 2 groups at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. In order to accommodate the in-kind trio of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, Kohli modified his favorite batting place from No. 3 to No.4. Rohit and Dhawan opened the innings whereas Rahul got here at quantity three, adopted by Kohli at quantity 4 in Mumbai ODI.
However, the decision didn’t show to be fruitful as all 4 prime-order batsmen went again into the hut for 156 in 31.2 overs with solely Dhawan managing to cross the fifty-run mark.
“You’ve got someone like Virat Kohli that has played 230-odd one-day matches and 180 of those have been at No.3 and he has scored almost 10,000 runs at that particular position”, Hayden mentioned in commentary as quoted by Fox Sports.com. “Why is there even any debate about it? He should just be batting No.3.”
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“Make the tough call, someone is going to miss out, form will prevail, injury will prevail and someone (else) will get their opportunity”, he added.
Kohli, the number one ranked ODI batsman on the earth, averages 63.4 at quantity three whereas it drops down to 56.5 at quantity 4. Also, in his final seven innings at quantity 4 (together with this innings at Wankhede), he has scores of 9, 4, 3* ,11,12, 7 & 16.
On the eve of the conflict, Kohli had mentioned he isn’t possessive about his batting place and is greater than prepared to transfer up or down relying upon the scenario.
“Look, a guy in form is always good for the team. You obviously want to have the best players available and then chose from what the combination should be for the team. There might be a possibility that all three (Rohit, Shikhar and Rahul) might play,” Kohli informed reporters in Mumbai.
“It will be interesting to see what balance we want to take in on the field,” Kohli mentioned on the eve of the match. Asked if he would he be blissful to bat decrease down the order, Virat mentioned, “Yeah, big possibility. I would be very happy to do so. Look I am not possessive about where I play. I am not insecure about where I bat.” he added.