'Kohli at No 4 has not worked'

'Kohli at No 4 has not worked'

'Kohli at No 4 has not worked'

MS Dhoni has conceded that the move to send Virat Kohli at No 4, as against his normal position of No 3, so far hasn’t exactly worked out to their plans.  

Kohli has managed a 16-ball nine (against Australia), an eight-ball four (against England) and a nine-ball unbeaten three (against Australia) in the last three matches.

While the last mentioned was a washout, India lost the other two games with its suspect middle order failing to sustain momentum. Kohli’s twin failures didn’t quite help the team’s plans.  
 “Not really, but it doesn’t always go as planned,” Dhoni remarked when asked if he is satisfied with the results after the shuffle in batting order.

“The reason why Virat is batting at No 4 is that the strength of the middle order and the lower middle order… With (Ravindra) Jadeja not being there (for the first two matches) and with Axar (Patel) getting a chance, with him not playing too many games outside the subcontinent, you have to see where you stand.

“If I am batting at six and if I am worrying about the batsmen coming after me, whether they can or cannot play 8-10 overs… If I look to play a big shot and if I get out, whether we will be able to capitalise on that or not in the last eight overs which is very crucial. That’s the reason why Virat has to bat at four. The reason being with him batting at four, we can manoeuvre more around him and if he gets a partnership going, by the time I get in or Raina goes in, if he (Kohli) is still there we can capitalise in the second Power Play and from there on follow it up in the last 10 overs,” he explained.

More than the batting order, Dhoni felt, it was about the number of overs that are left to play that dictates who comes into bat.  

“We will have to see what is the better scenario for us and by the start of the World Cup we will have a better picture of who needs to bat where, because it is not always that you have an 11 and everyone will just bat at the same place,” he pointed out.