Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil Gavaskar

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 08:00 IST India may play Virat Kohli at No. 4 during the 2019 Cricket World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar said India can afford to play Virat Kohli at No. 4 in conditions conducive to swing bowlingIndia head coach Ravi Shastri had said the team won’t be hesitant to play Kohli at No. 4 during the World CupVirat Kohli has been rested for the ongoing T20I series vs New ZealandFormer India 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.Gavaskar said an important player like Virat Kohli, at times, needs protection in conditions that are conducive to swing bowling in the upcoming quadrennial cricketing spectacle. The batting legend pointed out that Kohli found it difficult to manage the swinging ball in the final of 2017 Champions Trophy in which Pakistan blew away India’s top-order and registered a 180-run win.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.”There needs to be flexibility. More the flexibility in the batting line-up, more beneficial to the team. Let’s look at what happened in the Champions Trophy final. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Mohammed Aamir early. When Virat Kohli came out to bat, the ball was swinging quite a bit. Pakistan were pumped up after having put 300 on the board,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak on Wednesday.”In such situations, an important player like Virat Kohli needs protection. He can come in at No. 4. Maybe the ball may not move that much when the No. 4 batsman walks out to the middle. Such moves can be beneficial to the team.advertisement”Yes, according to the conditions, flexibility is needed. If not, Virat Kohli is suited to batting at No. 3. In conditions that are conducive to swing bowling, India can afford to play Virat at No. 4.”Gavaskar’s comments came even as Ravi Shastri had told Cricbuzz that India won’t be hesitant to shuffle the batting order and play Virat Kohli at No. 4 at the World Cup.India 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.Shastri had 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).”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.”India are currently experimenting with their combination in the ongoing three-match T20I series in New Zealand. The Rohit Sharma-led visiting side played as many as three wicketkeeper-batsmen and three all-rounders in the first T20I on Wednesday wherein they were thrashed by 80 runs.Also Read | MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli at No 4 in World Cup? Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri differAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant’s failure in Wellington: Anybody can fail in one matchAlso Read | MS Dhoni part of an unfortunate record as New Zealand hammer India in 1st T20IAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow Virat KohliFollow Ravi ShastriFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket team Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarBatting great Sunil Gavaskar said an important player like Virat Kohli needs protection when the ball is swinging around in England at the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30.advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja hopes for better wickets in tournament proper

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja hopes for better wickets in tournament properRavindra Jadeja scored a brave half-century to ensure a 175-plus score for Team India in the World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand.advertisement Press Trust of India LondonMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 13:08 IST Ravindra Jadeja acknowledges the applause from the crowd after scoring fifty runs against New Zealand. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost the first warm-up match against New Zealand by 6 wicketsJadeja scored a half century to take India to a fighting totalIndia will kick off it’s World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is hoping to get better pitches in the World Cup than the one at Kennigton Oval where India’s batsmen were blown away by New Zealand in their first warm-up game.With a brisk half-century, Jadeja was the only batsman to stand out in a dismal performance.But the senior player assured there was nothing to worry about.”It was typical English conditions, wicket was soft initially but it got better as the game progressed. We are hoping that we don’t get this much amount of grass and get a better wicket to bat in the World Cup,” Jadeja said at the post-match press conference.Opting to bat, India were all out for 179 in conditions slightly favourable to bowlers, and New Zealand chased down the target with plenty to spare.”This is our first game, it is just one game and we can’t judge players on one bad innings, one bad match. So nothing to worry as a batting unit,” Jadeja said.”It is always difficult in England, you are coming from India, where you play on flat wickets, we still have time to work on it. There is nothing to worry, we just have to keep playing good cricket.”As a batting unit we will work harder on our batting skills, everyone has a lot of experience, so nothing to worry.”Jadeja said the aim was to utilise the opportunity of batting out the remaining overs after he walked in to bat in the 20th over.”I was telling myself that my shot selection should not be faulty. There was no rush,” he said. “There were many over left. So I was taking my time.advertisement”I knew that if I could play out the initial overs then it would become easy gradually. I kept my shot selection very limited in that initial phase. That proved beneficial. I played out the good overs they bowled me early on and then it became easy.”Asked about India’s decision to bat first in seaming conditions, Jadeja said: “We knew there will be seaming conditions, so we decided to bat to face tough conditions because if we bat in such conditions it will be easy for batsmen in actual matches. We took it as a challenge. We will do well, we have no doubt.”Jadeja said he will look to play his natural game and not put himself under pressure during the showpiece event.”Everywhere I play, I will continue doing what I do. I will not put pressure on myself thinking about the world cup, will try to keep it simple,” he said.Jadeja blasted 54 off 50 balls, and the knock was studded with six fours and two sixes.Talking about his innings, Jadeja said: “I had a lot of time, there were lot of overs. So I was talking to myself to not get the shot selection wrong. There was no rush. I knew if I can clear the initial overs, it will be helpful for me and that is what happened,” he said.”I was working on my batting during IPL. Whenever I get a chance, I go to the nets and work on basic technique and basic shot selection.Also Read | Warm-up win over India means little for World Cup, says Ross TaylorAlso Read | Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on ‘cheat’ chants in World Cup warm-up vs EnglandAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Ravindra JadejaFollow New Zealandlast_img read more

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