Virat Kohli pliable to play at 3 or 4 to ‘give youngsters a chance’

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While Team India always retained their prowess in batting, the bowling squad has significantly improved in the last decade. A stout reflection of that was clearly noticed in last night’s victory against Sri Lanka in the ongoing T20 series. While praising the young bowling squad, the team leader Virat Kohli opened up about giving the novice batsmen an entry into the batting order, even higher than himself.

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Winning the toss and choosing to field first gave Sri Lanka the room to stack up an impressive score of 142. However, the Men in Blues squad had it easy, as brilliant spells from the opener KL Rahul and a finishing knock from the captain himself saw the hosts sealing the win by 7 wickets at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

Speaking after the match, Kohli praised Navdeep Saini as a dazzling young entry into the squad, and making his mark alongside the big names such as Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, although the third one was not in the squad yesterday.

“This was a clinical performance, and that’s how we want to build on each series. We have ticked a few more boxes this time. Brilliant from Navdeep. He has done well in ODI cricket, and he’s bowling well in T20s, with experienced guys like Jasprit, Bhuvi, and Shardul.” Kohli told reporters.

Along with Navdeep, the fans saw the young Washington Sundar making a strong mark in the team. The 20 year old starlet from Chennai picked up the Lions opener Avishka Fernando’s wicket in the 5th over.

However, Kohli also added in about the prospect of letting the young batsmen into the team, and said that he is willing to move down from his usual 3rd or 4th position in the batting order.

“I want to play at three and four to figure out both positions and at the same time give a chance for the youngsters as well.” he added.

Last night’s game saw the young Shreyas Iyer coming in at 3 after Rahul’s fierce knock of 45, and scored an impressive 34 runs from 26 balls, with 3 fours and 1 six.

India is facing Sri Lanka in the third and final match of the T20 series on this Friday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

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