Virat Kohli has amassed 1767 runs when batting fourth in 39 matches, with an average of 55.21 thanks to seven hundred and eight fifties.
Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of India, has said that he considered batting Virat Kohli at no. 4 in the upcoming ODI World Cup in England. Although he bats fourth in a Test match, Kohli has long been associated with the white-ball third place. However, Kohli batted fourth for India in their 2011 World Cup victory. The top batter, who bats fourth, has an incredible batting record. He has scored 1767 runs in 39 games, with an average of 55.21 thanks to seven hundred and eight fifty-plus scores.
Shastri recounted a conversation he had with MSK Prasad, the previous India top selector, regarding playing Kohli at no. 4.
If it is in the best interest of the team, Virat will bat at number four. There were moments when I considered doing it. “I might have discussed that with MSK as well of him batting at four just to break that top-heavy line-up,” Shastri stated on Star Sports’ Selection Day show in 2019.
Shastri noted Kohli’s stellar stats but argued that the team would have benefited from having the top batsman bat lower in the order.
Because, you know, if we’d lost two or three of us up there, we wouldn’t have made it, and the experience showed as much. The former India all-rounder said, “And if you look at Virat Kohli’s record, he is good enough at number four.”
India has not yet settled on their No. 4 player for the Asia Cup due to the health concerns of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer.
Several players have been tried out at bat, but none of them have been able to win over the upper management.