India vs Australia, 1st ODI: Dhawan likely to open with Rohit, Rahul might play at No.3
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday hinted at dropping himself down the batting order to accommodate both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in the playing XI against Australia in the first ODI scheduled to take place at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on January 14. With vice-captain Rohit Sharma an automatic pick, the team management is left with tough choice of selecting either Dhawan or Rahul in the playing eleven.
But Kohli sees no reason why both can't play together. "A guy in form is always good for the team. ...You obviously want to have the best players available and then chose from what the combination should be for the team," PTI quoted him as saying. "There might be a possibility that all three (Rohit, Shikhar and Rahul) might play. It will be interesting to see what balance we want to take in on the field," Kohli added ahead of the contest.
When questioned if he would be happy to bat lower down the order, Virat replied,"Yeah, big possibility. I would be extremely happy to do so. Look I am not possessive about where I play. I am not insecure about where I bat."
For Kohli, it is more important as to what kind of leadership legacy he leaves behind rather than chase personal glory.
"Being the skipper of the team, it is my job to make sure that the next lot is also ready. A lot of the other people might not look at it that way, but your job as a captain is not only to look after the team right now, but also to prepare a team that you leave behind when you eventually pass it onto someone else," he added.
Earlier, KL Rahul has played at No. 3 position and Kohli has dropped himself at No.4.
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