Virat Kohli says No. 4 and 5 are ‘floating’ batting positions for India in ODIs

first_img scorecard Virat Kohli says No. 4 and 5 are ‘floating’ batting positions for India in ODIsIndia vs West Indies 2nd ODI: India captain Virat Kohli said India are backing Rishabh Pant to bat at No. 4 position and Shreyas Iyer at No. 5. commentary No data available! graphs India Today Web Desk Port of SpainAugust 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 19:33 IST Virat Kohli said No. 4 batting potion is not a concern for Team India. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said No. 4 is floating batting positionSince World Cup 2015, India have tried more than a dozen players at No. 4Rishabh Pant have been playing at that position since the last 5 ODIsFrequent chopping and changing in the middle-order has left the Indian team with no fixed batsman at No. 4 position but the hot debate around this spot doesn’t seem to be a worry for India skipper Virat Kohli as he feels four and five spots are ‘floating batting position’ in One Day Internationals.Since World Cup 2015, India have tried more than a dozen or so players in their search for an ideal No. 4 but the position yet to be nailed down. The search started with trying Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh and has now come down to Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey.India’s middle order weakness was exposed in the World Cup 2019 as well, particularly in the semi-final against New Zealand where the top-order failed to perform for the first time in the showpiece event.However, Virat Kohli said the No.4 position is not a concern for them as the shorter format games in cricket are more about having a fixed top-order and specialist No. 4 and No. 7 batsmen.”We are backing Rishabh to still bat at four and Shreyas Iyer will bat at five. Four and five are more like floating batting position for us, according to the situation of the game anyone can bat anywhere,” Virat Kohli said at the time of toss for the 2nd ODI between India and West Indies.”For me, top-3 and probably 6 and 7 are specialist batting positions than four and five. I think, it has become a topic of debate for a long time. In ODI’s and T20s, four and five are your flexible guys,” Kohli added.advertisementKL Rahul had started at No. 4 in the World Cup after hitting a hundred while batting at the position in one of the warm-up games but was moved up after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament due to a thumb injury. India then called Rishabh Pant to bat at no. 4 and have continued with the left-handed batsman in the ongoing series against West Indies.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat KohliFollow Rishabh Pant advertisement view more view less Nextlast_img

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