Former India cricketer VVS Laxman was essential of skipper Virat Kohli coming to bat at quantity 4 within the first ODI of three match collection towards Australia at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. India suffered their heaviest defeat at the palms of Australia as they have been thrashed by 10 wickets, courtesy of a document partnership between captain Aaron Finch and David Warner. After the top of the match, Laxman instructed the official broadcasters that Kohli coming at quantity 4 won’t work as workforce’s greatest batsman ought to play most variety of deliveries.
“I don’t see this working,” Laxman instructed Star Sports after the top of the match. “Sachin Tendulkar was the best player the world had ever seen. But he never relished batting at number four.”
“You need your greatest batsman to play most variety of deliveries and set the sport up and end the sport for the workforce, particularly towards high quality assault. One can not afford to experiment towards this Australian bowling line-up.
“I do know you wish to play KL Rahul due to his kind and also you additionally wish to play Shikhar Dhawan due to his expertise. But in ODIs, it’s important to play Rahul at quantity 4. Virat Kohli has to bat at quantity three and set the sport and end the innings,” he added.
Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden, who was sitting beside Laxman through the present, additionally felt the identical and he said that anyone with 10,000+ runs at quantity three ought to proceed to bat at the that place.
“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.
During the submit-match presentation, skipper Kohli additionally conceded that the choice to tinker with the batting order within the first ODI ‘didnt go their way’ and so they might need to rethink their strategy within the subsequent match.
“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. Having said that, it hasn’t gone our way when I have batted at no.4, we might have to rethink about this. So we have to see how it goes,” Kohli mentioned.
“At the same time, it’s about giving opportunities to the other guys. People need not panic for just this one game. I think I am allowed to experiment a bit.”