The Indian captain Virat Kohli demoted himself to number 4 position in order to adjust 3 openers in the side (Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan) and it has not worked out for India and himself. Virat got out cheaply while batting at number 4 position in the 1st ODI game against Australia at Wankhede. This was the 2nd time since 2015 that Virat came out to bat at the number 4 position instead of number 3.
The right-handed batsman only managed to score 16 runs before he was caught and bowled by Adam Zampa. Virat’s mastery has failed to work for him at number 4 position so far. The 31-year old, who has scored tons of runs for India at number 3 position, have not had a lot of happy outings at a demoted number.
Virat’s scores in his last 7 ODI games (batting at number 4) have been 16, 7, 12, 3, 4, and 9. Talking to media after the match, Virat said that he will look into this concern and then make his decision whether he wants to stay at the number 4 batting position or promote himself back to his original position(number 3).