Vastavam web: KL Rahul might have had his share of struggles in the limited overs format of late but skipper Virat Kohli is confident that the talented Karnataka right- hander will come good at his new No 4 slot.Rahul had scores of 4, 17, and 7 in the three ODIs in Sri Lanka and was dropped from the fifth rubber.Asked about Rahul’s form, Kohli said:”KL (Rahul) is an outstanding talent. He has proved himself in all formats. And he is someone who needs to be backed. Because we believe that he has the ability. Once he gets his role done, he will start winning us games. We are very sure of that.”
So I should be flexible enough to do that. I think it’s up to the player to get versatile in a manner that he can take up different positions what the team requires him to do,” he said.Kohli agreed that it takes time for anyone to settle in a particular batting slot.”It takes time, I am not saying it is easy. If you see Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) as well he has played in the middle order in the ODIs, he plays in the middle order in Test matches. He’s also opened a lot in ODIs as well. He also felt that he found it difficult to switch. Now we’re backing Jinks at the top of the order. So he knows the plans are clear,” the skipper explained the rationale behind Rahul batting at No 4. “It is important to keep picking wickets and have breakthroughs throughout. Those two guys have provided that to us and they are very confident coming into this series. They are in a zone where they don’t mind getting hit as long as they pick up three-four wickets which I think is a very good space to be in,” he added.
Asked if there was a different outlook because Australia was a stronger opposition, he told reporters ahead of the first ODI against Australia at M A Chidambaram Stadium here tomorrow, “No, I don’t think that we need to look at any series differently. As I mentioned in Sri Lanka as well, your preparation should matter more than who you are playing against. So obviously you’ll assess strengths and weaknesses of all sides.” The last Test series against Australia saw a lot of tensions on and off the field and Kohli stressed on why it is necessary to be competitive in each and every series.Asked if it was more draining that resulted in players losing cool, he said,”I don’t think so. You can say what you want, you can keep talking the whole time but if you don’t deliver on the field it doesn’t matter. All those things are to get that aspect of mind games which I think creates an excitement for the fans watching as well.”