Team India has been preparing for the World Cup ever since the 2017 Champions Trophy ended. India have won everywhere in the past two years, except England, and culminating an overseas cycle with an emphatic 4-1 series’ win in New Zealand.
But India have been grappling with middle-order problems for the past couple of years and coach Ravi Shastri believes his team can find the much needed balance if Virat Kohli bats at No.4 in the World Cup.
“Maybe Rayudu, or someone else, could bat at number three, and Kohli comes in at number four. We wouldn’t want to disturb the opening combination. Separating the top-three could make the batting stronger.”- Shastri
India are currently experimenting with their combination in the ongoing three-match T20I series in New Zealand.
Shastri said: “The good thing about this Indian top-three is we can separate them, if conditions and situations demand. Someone like Virat Kohli can go to number four, and we can put a good number three to bring more balance to the batting line-up. That’s flexibility for you, and for big tournaments like the World Cup, you have to be flexible to see what’s the best balance for the side. So we will decide that (accordingly in England).”
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar seems to be on the same page with head coach Ravi Shastri when it comes to the idea of using Virat Kohli at No. 4 during the 2019 Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.