Former India batter turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes Team India will help the opposition team if Virat Kohli bats at No. 4 in the upcoming World Cup as well. Ravi Shastri recently opined on the coaching staff and selectors considered batting Kohli at No. 4 in the 2019 World Cup. He further added that Kohli should bat at that position in the World Cup to be played in India later this year if it helps the team’s balance.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Where should Virat bat? Everything has two or three sides to it. The first thing is, assuming it is an India-Pakistan match, you have Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Nassem Shah and Shadab Khan, a good bowling attack in front of you, what do you want as a Pakistan or an Australian team? When would they want Virat to come to bat? The fewer the overs are left, the better it is. They will want Virat Kohli to come to bat in the 45th over, it will be even better for them.”
However, Virat Kohli has scored 1767 runs at an amazing average of 55.21 in 39 ODI innings at No. 4. He has an even better record at No. 3, having amassed 10777 runs in 210 innings at a great average of 60.20 as well.
“As overs keep getting elapsed, Virat Kohli will get marginalized more and more. He is a big player but he can become big enough only if you give as much opportunity to him. If you give someone a postcard and ask them to draw a picture, you will get a postcard-sized picture only. So from an opposition point of view, it’s very simple that you send Virat at No. 4. It is even better if you send him at No. 5 or No. 6,” Aakash Chopra concluded.