Indian commentator Aakash Chopra believes that if Team India fields Virat Kohli at No.4 in the upcoming World Cup, it will help the opposition. Ravi Shastri recently revealed that the coaching staff and selectors had considered Virat Kohli batting at No.4 in the 2019 World Cup. He said that if it helps the balance of the team, then the modern batsman should bat at that position in the World Cup to be played in India later this year.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra expressed his disagreement with the proposed move and highlighted that it would be liked by the opposition.
“Where should Virat bat? Everything has two or three sides to it. The first thing is, assuming it is an India-Pakistan match, you have Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Nassem Shah and Shadab Khan, a good bowling attack in front of you, what do you want as a Pakistan or an Australian team?”
The former Indian opener added:
“When would they want Virat to come to bat? The fewer the overs are left, the better it is. They will want Virat Kohli to come to bat in the 45th over, it will be even better for them.”
Virat Kohli has scored 1767 runs at number 4 in 39 ODI innings at an excellent average of 55.21. His record at No.3 is even better, scoring 10777 runs in 210 innings at an excellent average of 60.20.
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“Virat Kohli Will Get More Marginalized As The Overs Go By” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra feels that sending Virat Kohli down the order will reduce his effectiveness. He saw:
“As overs keep getting elapsed, Virat Kohli will get marginalized more and more. He is a big player but he can become big enough only if you give as much opportunity to him.”
Cricketer turned commentator concluded by highlighting that an artist needs a huge canvas to make a big painting. They said:
“If you give someone a postcard and ask them to draw a picture, you will get a postcard-sized picture only. So from an opposition point of view, it’s very simple that you send Virat at No. 4. It is even better if you send him at No. 5 or No. 6.”
If KL Rahul is part of the playing XI, then the Men in Blue will probably stick with Virat Kohli at No.3. However, if Ishan Kishan has to make it into the top three, the former Indian skipper might have to bat at No.4.