India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli believes that Number 4 and 5 are floating batting positions in limited overs

Here is what Virat Kohli thinks about the number four and number five slots in limited overs cricket. Tap to read
India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli believes that Number 4 and 5 are floating batting positions in limited oversIndia vs West Indies: Virat Kohli believes that Number 4 and 5 are floating batting positions in limited overs
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Team India have struggled to find a suitable number four batsmen for a long time. Frequent chopping and changing meant that even the best batsmen are not given a fairly long run at the crucial position. The search started with India trying Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh and has now boiled down to the likes of Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey.

Virat Kohli said, "We are backing Rishabh to still bat at four and Shreyas Iyer will bat at five. Four and five are more like floating batting position for us, according to the situation of the game anyone can bat anywhere. For me top three and probably six and seven are specialist batting positions than four and five. I think, it has become a topic of debate for a long time. In ODIs and T20s four and five are your flexible guys."

During the World Cup, KL Rahul started at number four after scoring a magnificent ton against Bangladesh in the Warm-up game. Later, he was pushed up to open the batting with Rohit Sharma as Shikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury against the Aussies and was ruled out of the tournament. As soon as KL Rahul began to open the batting, three-dimensional Vijay Shankar was tried at the vacant position in the middle-order. Later, he too suffered an injury and was ruled out of the tournament. In his absence, Rishabh Pant took the number four slot.

Currently, the think-tank believes that Rishabh Pant is the suitable candidate to take up that role and has been given an extended run in the series against West Indies. He is also keeping wickets in MS Dhoni's absence.

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