Aakash Chopra believes Virat Kohli can bat at No. 3 for RCB in IPL 2024
By SMCS - Mar 9, 2024 11:45 am
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Former India opener Aakash Chopra opened up on Virat Kohli’s batting position in the IPL 2024 season, wondering whether he will take up the role of No. 3, considering his potential role at the top of the order in the upcoming mega event – T20 World Cup soon after the IPL. Chopra also said that it might not be a bad idea for Royal Challengers Bangalore to have Kohli, their most experienced player, batting at No. 3 to add a bit more depth to their batting unit as well.

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Virat Kohli

However, Virat Kohli has been opening the batting recently for RCB. He was in sublime form in IPL 2023, smashing 639 runs, including 2 tons. Kohli averages 43.51 and has a strike rate of 135.45, having scored 3611 runs in 98 matches as an opener in the cash-rich league. His numbers at No. 3 aren’t bad as he has scored 2815 runs which came at an average of 35.19 and a strike rate of 123.79 as No. 3 in the tournament history.

“I feel that Virat Kohli will play at No. 3 in the World Cup. Can he open for RCB as well in IPL 2024? Cameron Green can open the batting, right? What if Virat Kohli decides to do the job that he would do for the national team in the World Cup – bat at No. 3? Is there a possibility?” Aakash Chopra asked during the Dharamsala Test, while speaking to Sports 18.

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Meanwhile, former India batter and selector Saba Karim also believes Cameron Green could be an option to open the batting along with Faf du Plessis.

“RCB have to think about their strategy. If you look at Faf du Plessis’s numbers in SA20 this year, it’s not that great. It can become an issue there. So, keeping all these in mind, I think RCB need their domestic players to step up. They can’t just trust their KGF to do it. So if Virat Kohli bats at No. 3, Cameron Green can go to open the batting. There are chances of promoting domestic talents also up the order. RCB have to work on these things,” Saba Karim said.