Shastri told in one interview that India can play Kohli at No.4 if the situation demands where former India captain Sourav Ganguly disagrees the idea of playing Virat Kohli at No.4 as the top three remains India’s strength in limited-overs cricket, according to him.
Ganguly opposed the idea put forward by coach Ravi Shastri to add flexibility to the batting line-up in the World Cup in England later in the summer.
“Virat Kohli will be coming back in the series to play at No.3. I was reading in the papers that Ravi [Shastri] wants him to play at No.4 but I don’t know who will play at No.3 then. Maybe Ambati Rayudu will play at No.3 with Kohli at No.4 but I don’t think that it is the right move because Kohli at No.3 is a huge player and this is India’s strength in ODIs — Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,” Ganguly said in IndiaTV’s show Cricket ki Baat on Sunday.
“So, if these are your top four batsmen and then MS Dhoni comes with Kedar Jadhav at No.6 and Hardik Pandya at No.7. Dinesh Karthik will also be there and India should undoubtedly play Rishabh Pant in these five ODIs and play in the top-order and we can see if he is your match-winner at No.6 because Pant as a batsman can win you matches. So, giving him chances will be really important,” he added.