Fox Sports Australia – A three-nil victory would see second-placed India trade places with world No.1 England on the ICC’s rankings but achieving such a feat is easier said than done.


  • It’s an intimidating record that could see India slide captain Virat Kohli from his preferred batting position of No.3 down one spot to No.4 — a position the side has struggled to fill for the past few years, and arguably the one chink in their armour.
  • Kohli is not just India’s best batsman, he is one of ODI cricket’s finest ever players and has enjoyed unparalleled success at first drop.
  • Despite all that, Indian great Sourav Ganguly believes the skipper should move to No.4 to remedy the country’s long-running problems in the position – over the past three years, India has trialled 11 players at No.4.
  • The former captain was referring to India’s 2-1 Twenty20 series win over England, in which Rahul batted at first drop, ahead of Kohli.
  • With the World Cup less than 12 months away, the question Kohli has to ask himself is if he can still dictate terms from two down and if India’s problems at No.4 are too big a concern to entrust Rahul with resolving.

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