India vs Australia: Virat Kohli hints at accommodating both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in batting order

With vice-captain Rohit Sharma an automatic pick, the team management is left with a tough choice of selecting either Dhawan or Rahul in the XI

Press Trust of India, Jan 13, 2020 14:03:07 IST

Mumbai: India captain Virat Kohli indicated at dropping himself down the batting order to accommodate both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in the playing XI against Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series starting Tuesday.

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli hints at accommodating both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in batting order

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli with the India-Sri Lanka T20I series trophy after the 78-run win at Pune. AP

With vice-captain Rohit Sharma an automatic pick, the team management is left with a tough choice of selecting either Dhawan or Rahul in the XI. But the skipper sees no reason why both can't play together.

"Look, a guy in form is always good for the team. ...You obviously want to have the best players available and then chose what the combination should be for the team. There might be a possibility that all three (Rohit, Shikhar and Rahul) might play. It will be interesting to see what balance we want to take in on the field," Kohli said on the eve of the match.

Asked if he would he be happy to bat lower down the order, Virat said, "Yeah, big possibility. I would be very happy to do so. Look I am not possessive about where I play. I am not insecure about where I bat," said the skipper.

For Kohli, it is more important as to what kind of leadership legacy he leaves behind rather than chase personal glory.

"Being the captain of the team, it is my job to make sure that the next lot is also ready. A lot of the other people might not look at it that way, but your job as a captain is not only to look after the team right now but also to prepare a team that you leave behind when you eventually pass it onto someone else," he added.

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Updated Date: Jan 13, 2020 14:03:07 IST






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