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Should Virat Kohli Bat At No. 4? Here's What Sunil Gavaskar Said About India's Top-order

The Asia Cup 2023 is just around the corner but the debate around India's no. 4 batting slot continues to do the news.

Shubman Gill, right, and Virat Kohli
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Former India skipper and legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar has given his take on the idea of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli batting at no. 4 slot for Team India. This change could pave way for Ishan Kishan to open the batting alongside Shubman Gill. (More Cricket News)

With the marquee Asia Cup 2023 tournanment around the corner, doubts around who will bat at no. 4 slot is intensifying. In the recently held press-conference for Asia Cup 2023 squad announcement, skipper Rohit Sharma also shared his views on it. 'Sunny' though, does not want to disturb the position of Rohit, and feels the team needs to be flexible.

Gavaskar has backed the idea of putting Kohli at the no. 4 slot albeit if a situtation arises.

"Any team has to be flexible...but I don't want to disturb the top order. I don't think Rohit Sharma should be looking to bat down the order. Yes, you can look at having Kohli at No. 4, particularly, if a wicket falls early because the new ball can do some early damage," Gavaskar said on India Today.

With Rishabh Pant out of the reckoning due to recovery, and the likes of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul still not up to full fitness, Team India are yet to close on their no. 4 position going into the first game against Pakistan.

India Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.

Travelling reserve: Sanju Samson

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