first_imgIndia vs Australia: Virat Kohli says he is open to bat at No. 4India vs Australia, ODIs: India captain Virat Kohli also said the upcoming season of Indian Premier League will not influence selection for the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Asian News International HyderabadMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 16:02 IST Virat Kohli will be keen on leading India to a series win against Australia in the ODIs (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has said his game doesn’t change much from No. 3 to No. 4We need to have a solid team (for the World Cup) before we head into IPL: KohliVirat Kohli also talked up KL Rahul’s chances of making the World Cup squadIndia skipper Virat Kohli on Friday said based on the requirement of the team, he will be “more than happy to bat at number four” in the World Cup, beginning May 30.”I’ve batted a lot of times at number four. I don’t necessarily try it out as I’ve done that a lot in the past. My game doesn’t change much from number three to four because the template is quite similar. In any given situation I try to play the game I know,” Kohli said on the eve of ODI series against Australia.When asked whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) will influence the World Cup selection, Kohli said he doesn’t see anything changing with how the IPL goes for any player.”I don’t see IPL influencing the World Cup selection. That would be very radical analysis. We need to have a solid team before we head into IPL. We need to be clear as to what we want during the World Cup. If one or two players don’t have a good IPL season, it doesn’t mean picture for World Cup will change,” he pointed out.Snapshots from training session on 1st ODI eve in Hyderabad #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @Paytm pic.twitter.com/o2244oniTl BCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019Talking about the bowling options for the 50-over world tournament, India skipper said, “bowlers will depend on the opposition we will play, considering who will be more effective against the batsmen of other team”.He further said, “If conditions are seaming then it will be more pace dominating along with Hardik (Pandya) who is the all-rounder in the team. It is all about the combinations. I don’t see one ahead of the other. Both (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav) of them together are the strongest spin bowling partners in the world at the moment. Our success in these couple of years is mainly because of these two guys and their impact in the middle overs and their ability to pick wickets for us.”advertisementKohli talks up Rahul’s chances of making World Cup squadWhen quipped if KL Rahul will make it to the World Cup squad, Kohli said when Rahul plays he operates at different level, adding inpatches over the last season he has performed brilliantly.”He (Rahul) can keep batting like that. It’s difficult to find a consistent batsman who can play good cricketing shots and still win you games. It’s a rare ability and I think he’s all the shorts. He can build on this and get some more innings under his belt. He’s made strong case for himself in the World Cup,” he said.India will host Australia for a five-match ODI series to bring the curtain down on their international season ahead of the World Cup.The first game is scheduled on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.”Both the teams know each other very well. Australia has better idea of playing in Indian conditions because of their number of players playing in the IPL. So, we have to be our absolute best. Nothing can be taken lightly,” Kohli said.Also Read | Playing to win series vs Australia or else I’ll leave the ball to hit the stumps: Virat KohliAlso Read | MS Dhoni hit on forearm during net session ahead of 1st ODIAlso Read | India assess World Cup build-up against depleted champions in ODI seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow KL RahulFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 Cricket Worldlast_img

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli says he is open to bat at No. 4
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