Sunil Gavaskar has lent his support to his former teammate Ravi Shastri’s proposal of placing Virat Kohli at No. 4 in the batting order. The cricket legend underscored the importance of adaptability in team management, especially when facing an early wicket loss.

Gavaskar pointed out the team’s vulnerability to the new ball and the potential consequences of losing both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early in a match.

In 39 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) where Kohli has batted at No. 4, he has amassed 1767 runs at an impressive average of 55.22, which includes seven centuries. In contrast, when batting at No. 3, his record stands at 10,777 runs and 39 centuries.

Gavaskar stressed the need for flexibility, stating, “Any team should remain adaptable. I wouldn’t suggest altering the top order. Rohit Sharma’s batting position should remain untouched, but in the event of an early wicket falling, it could be a viable option to have Virat Kohli at No. 4.” He shared these insights during an interview with India Today.

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