SA vs IND, 1st ODI: Virat Kohli says Ajinkya Rahane strong candidate for No. 4

India have been having a hard time to get an irreversible No. 4 batsman with the likes of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav being tried at this position for some time now.

“I had said earlier that Ajinkya will be looked at as a 3rd opener, but that circumstance can change due to the fact that he has batted at No. 4 in a World Cup previously,” Kohli said at the pre-match interview.

“These conditions are such that you get to play fast bowling throughout the innings so he ends up being a strong prospect for No. 4. Besides that we have Shreyas, Manish, Kedar can play No. 5 and 6, Hardik exists, and MS is undoubtedly there. We have kept all these options open, we do not wish to be one-dimensional. It depends whose method is more fit to what spot. Specifically in that specific country. All alternatives are open,” he added.While India have a settled top 3 with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, the 5, 6 and 7 are also more or less sorted with Jadhav, Dhoni and Pandya. India have evaluated a couple of gamers at No. 4 but the team management is yet to take a contact who fits the position well.With just 14 months to choose the 2019 ODI World Cup, India will also want to kick off their preparations in earnest during the series.”The lower middle order is basically sorted.

The combination is working well for us with Hardik and Kedar and MS rotating and batting together. No. 4 is something we have actually explore in the last few series. That is the only area I can see that has to be strengthened otherwise the team looks pretty balanced,”Kohli said.Kohli further spoke on the importance of having 2 wrist-spinners in the group.

“We are one of the few teams, or probably the only group in world cricket, to be

blessed with 2 wristspinners. And Kedar Jadhav doing the conventional job quite well for the group. That’s why I stated the balance of the group is pretty great at the minute. Wristspinners help you in any conditions on the planet. Wristspinners can choose 6 an over but they will choose you three wickets too, which is ultimately the difference in the game. We more than happy to have 2 who are extremely various to each other. We don’t have 2 leggies or two chinaman bowlers. Both are extremely various and flexible in their own way. I think that is going to be a major strength for this team moving forward,”he said.India will likewise be keen to better their previous record and concentrate on winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series on South African soil.India have previously lost 2-5 in 1992-93, 0-4 in 2006-07, 2-3 in 2010-11 and 0-2 in 2013-14. They were likewise part of 2 triangular series in 1996-97 and 2001-02

, including Zimbabwe and Kenya respectively, however the Proteas emerged victors on both occasions.After participating in 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is against South Africa, India will head to Sri Lanka for a T20I tri-series prior to playing 3 ODIs and as many T20Is in England and Ireland, with

the 2018 IPL season in between.India skipper Virat Kohli has actually meant playing Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4 in the one day worldwide series opener a


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