India vs Australia 1st ODI | ‘Why is there any debate’: Matthew Hayden slams Virat Kohli’s decision to bat at number 4
Mumbai | Jagran Sports Desk: The first match of the three-match ODI series between India and Australia is underway. On Tuesday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli decided to bat at the number 4 and promoted KL Rahul to bat at number 3. Many people questioned the Indian skipper’s decision including former Australian opener Mathew Hayden who said that there shouldn’t be any debate on the batting position of Kohli.
“You’ve got someone like Virat Kohli that has played 230-odd one-day matches and 180 of those have been at No.3 and he has scored almost 10,000 runs at that particular position”, Hayden said in commentary as quoted by Fox Sports.com.
“Why is there even any debate about it? He should just be batting No.3,” he added.
“Make the tough call, someone is going to miss out, form will prevail, injury will prevail and someone (else) will get their opportunity”, Hayden further added.
The Indian skipper averages 63.4 at number three while it drops down to 56.5 at number four.
Kohli on Monday had 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.
“Look, 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. There might be a possibility that all three (Rohit, Shikhar and Rahul) might play,” Kohli had said at the pre-match conference.
“It will be interesting to see what balance we want to take in on the field,” Kohli said on the eve of the match. Asked if he would he be happy to bat lower down the order, Virat said, “Yeah, big possibility. I would be very happy to do so. Look I am not possessive about where I play. I am not insecure about where I bat.” he added.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma