Sourav Ganguly reacts to Ravi Shastri’s tactic of playing Virat Kohli at number four in the World Cup

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly didn’t agree with head coach Ravi Shastri’s idea of moving Virat Kohli to number four during the World Cup. Kohli has been successful at the number three position and Ganguly feels that the present top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli is India’s strength.

“Virat Kohli will be coming back in the series to play at No.3. I was reading in the papers that Ravi (Shastri) wants him to play at No.4 but I don’t know who will play at No.3 then. Maybe Ambati Rayudu will play at No.3 with Kohli at No.4 but I don’t think that it is the right move because Kohli at No.3 is a huge player and this is India’s strength in ODIs – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,” Ganguly told IndiaTV.

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In an interview with Cricbuzz, Shastri had spoken about separating the top three so that the team has a better balance in certain situations.

“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),” he said.

First Published: Feb 11, 2019 18:14 IST

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