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WATCH | Dhoni Should Bat at No. 4, Manage Middle Order: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | March 15, 2019, 7:09 PM IST

GK: One of the things that has been seen as a kind of a fix for this middle order is a theory that has actually been spoken off by the team management themselves is to ask Virat Kohli actually to bat at 4 in that order and to break up that top-3 in a sense. Kohli himself says in press conferences that he’s okay and his method doesn’t change batting at 4. Would you consider something like that if you were making that decision?

AK: Not really, I mean Virat is so good a player that he can bat anywhere in the batting order. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, wherever you want him to bat. But I think, ideally you’d want the top-3 to be finishing things off and that’s what’s been successful over the last couple of years for India, where you have Shikhar, Rohit or Virat, three of them performing consistently. So, I’d like to probably continue that and like I said, for me the top-4 will win you 70-80% of matches and ideally your top-4 need to have that quality and that’s why I’m keen that someone like MS Dhoni bats at 4 and manages the middle order, rather than coming in where he has to not just manage the middle order but also keep up with the run chase, that’s something I would want to see.

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