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Keep Virat at no. 3 in WC: Ian Chappell

Keep Virat at no. 3 in WC: Ian Chappell
“India’s World Cup defence is looking as shaky as Christchurch in the midst of an earthquake. If India are to have any chance of successfully defending the trophy, they will need the batsmen to score heavily. The bowling has been profligate throughout the Australian tour and there are no signs that failing is about to be rectified. A good start to a resurgence would be to reinstate Virat Kohli at no. 3, where he previously spent some time in ODIs.

“With Rohit Sharma and Kohli at the top of the order, India have their firepower to the fore, an approach based on getting your retaliation in first. In addition, it puts the two best players of the short-pitched ball front and centre, and if it’s the intention of opponents to bounce the Indians out, then these two could short-circuit those plans very quickly,” he added. Chappell said India should replace struggling Shikhar Dhawan by Stuart Binny to open their innings with Rohit Sharma as this will also give them more bowling options.

“As Shikhar Dhawan continues to struggle under Australian conditions, perhaps the time is right to open the batting with Binny. He looks technically capable and this would give Dhoni another bowling option, which appears to be a priority,” said Chappell in his column for ESPNcricinfo. The former Australian captain said that the Indian bowlers have not learnt anything from the Australian tour so far and also criticised the move to open bowling with Binny in their tri-series match against England in Brisbane.

“The Indian bowling has lacked consistency of line and length, and the odd good delivery is bookended by a series of boundary-worthy balls. This regular diet of deliveries asking to be plundered means the opposing batsmen never feel threatened or under pressure to pick up the scoring rate. Add to that MS Dhoni’s maddening habit of occasionally ‘tuning out’ of his captaincy duties and it’s a disturbing combination,” Chappell said.

“An opening attack of Stuart Binny and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, which India utilised at the Gabba, is not going to have the opposition batsmen searching for sleeping pills. There might be an argument for fitting Binny into the ODI side as an all-rounder who can provide some runs and a few economical overs, but certainly not as a new-ball bowler,” said the former skipper.
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