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Virat Kohli says he’s willing to change batting position to fit in Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul

The Indian captain said he's willing to bat lower in the batting order to accommodate KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan in the team. 

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 13, 2020 10:14:16 pm
Indian captain Virat Kohli bats during a training session ahead of the first ODI against Australia at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Source: PTI)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli hinted that he is willing to tinker with his batting position in white-ball cricket so that in-form openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul can be accommodated in the team.

“Look, a guy in form is always good for the team. You obviously want to have the best players available and then choose from what the combination should be for the team. 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 said, ahead of the first ODI at Wankhede Stadium.

The 31-year-old was also open to batting down the order to accommodate all three batsmen.

“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,” said the skipper.

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Dhawan has done well in the limited-overs format since his return to the side after injury. Rahul has also hit a purple patch and it would be unfair to drop him as India take on Australia in a three-ODI series. There’s also the question of who should open with Sharma.

Kohli said he’s not just concerned about the present, but is focussing on readying the next lot of players as well.

“Being the captain 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.

DAY/NIGHT TEST IN AUSTRALIA

The Indian captain also asserted that India are ready to play day/night Test in Australia later this year, in what was a counter to Tim Paine’s cheeky dig at him.

“We’re ready and up for the challenge – whether it’s Gabba, Perth, it doesn’t matter to us. It’s become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we’re open to playing day-night Tests,” he said.

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India played their maiden day/night Test against Bangladesh last November, winning the match quite comfortable with plenty of time to spare at the Eden Gardens.

“We played the day-night Test here, we were pretty happy with how it went. We have the skill-sets as a team now to compete against anyone in the world, anywhere, in any format of the game, whether it’s white ball, red ball or pink ball, we’re ready to play anything,” Kohli asserted.

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