Virat Kohli needs no protection in Indian batting lineup: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgVirat Kohli needs no protection in Indian batting lineup: Sunil GavaskarOver the last decade, Virat Kohli has scored 39 ODI hundreds in his career with as many as 32 centuries coming at No. 3.advertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 22:28 IST Virat Kohli has been India’s most prolific run-getter in ODIs over the last few years (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli will be returning to lead India in the ODI and T20I series vs AustraliaThe 30-year-old has amassed 8440 runs at No.3 at an average of 62.98The Delhi batsman has played 37 ODIs at No.4 scoring 1744 runs at 58.13Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that Virat Kohli is the perfect choice to bat for the team at No.3 in the ICC World Cup but can look to drop down the order if the need arises.Gavaskar said there is no need for the team management to protect the world’s best batsman in the lineup but if India lose any one of the openers early on in a big run chase, then the team can think about sending Kohli in at No.4.”The best batsman in the world needs no protection in the batting order. But sometimes you have to assess the conditions. There could be a lot of swing and movement in the air in England… and if the opposition makes over 350 and India lose the first wicket early, then Kohli could be protected and sent at No.4.”This is the very reason why it is really important for India to select its third opener who is technically sound. Because the ball swings and seams around in England. But if the conditions are not very different then Kohli should bat at No.3,” Gavaskar told India Today.Over the last decade, Kohli has scored 39 ODI hundreds in his career. As many as 32 of those hundreds came batting at No. 3. Kohli does not have a bad record at No. 4 either: he has scored 1929 runs when batting at that position including seven hundreds.Gavaskar’s comments came even as India head coach Ravi Shastri had stated that India won’t be hesitant to shuffle the batting order and play Virat Kohli at No. 4 at the World Cup.advertisementIndia have been having issues with the middle-order and are being looked at as a top-heavy unit. However, the good batting form of Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and veteran MS Dhoni should give India confidence in the lead up to the much-anticipated tournament of the year.”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).”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 had told Cricbuzz.Also Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayAlso Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow ICC World CupFollow Team IndiaFollow India vs Australialast_img read more