Virat Kohli to bat at four position in ODIs, says Ganguly

Cricket - England v India - Second International T20 - The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff, Britain - July 6, 2018 India's Virat Kohli in action Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

Vastavam web: Former skipper Sourav Ganguly has advised Virat Kohli to bat at crucial number four position to provide solidity to the India’s batting line-up in the three-match ODI series against England, starting here on Thursday.Since the tour of Sri Lanka in July-August 2017, India have tried as many as six different batsmen KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Ajinkya Rahane at the number four position but Ganguly feels Kohli is the best bet for the crucial slot.

If you look at this T20I series, I think they have formed the proper batting line-up. With Rahul at number three, and Virat Kohli batting at number four, I think the problem has been sorted out. And I firmly believe it is also the right thing to do in the ODI format as well,” Ganguly said after the UK launch of his book A Century is Not Enough’ last night.India started off the English summer with a bang, winning the three-match T20I series 2-1.

England are a good side. They are a very good batting unit but bowling is the weaker part of their game. The way India won (easily) in Bristol when chasing 200 (in a T20 game), they will fancy their chances against this English bowling line-up in the ODI series, he said.”They have set the tone for the latter contests with this win, but different formats will present different challenges for them. India should also know that they are a good unit and they can do well here. Asked about India’s strengths ahead of what should be another keenly contested series between both the sides, Ganguly said, At the moment, India are a very good and well-rounded limited-overs’ side.

“A lot of good Indian sides have been tested in England and some of the better ones have done well here and won before. I think this Indian team can be like that, they can definitely win here this summer, definitely the ODIs and possibly the Tests too. “Rohit, in particular, is a terrific player in the limited overs’ arena and will probably end up as one of the greats in white-ball cricket, he said.Ganguly’s comments should come as a boost to India, who are starting their preparations for the 2019 ODI World Cup in England which is less than a year away.

While the team’s readiness seems on schedule in most areas concerning batting and bowling, there is a gaping hole in the middle order despite the experience of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina and the new-found exuberance of Hardik Pandya.The former captain was also mighty impressed with wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s showing on this UK trip so far.