Rahul has ability to win games for India, says Kohli
Chennai: KL Rahul might have had his share of struggles in the limited overs format of late but skipper Virat Kohli is confident that the talented Karnataka right- hander will come good at his new No 4 slot.
Rahul had scores of 4, 17 and 7 in the three ODIs in Sri Lanka and was dropped from the fifth rubber.
Asked about Rahul's form, Kohli said:"KL (Rahul) is an outstanding talent. He is proved himself in all formats. And he is someone who needs to be backed. Because we believe that he has the ability. Once he gets his role done, he will start winning us games. We are very sure of that."
Kohli also feels that apart from Rahul, who is batting at an unfamiliar No 4 position, each and every player in the team needs to be flexible.
"I think, if you look to bat in the position that you bat in one format, in all the formats, then it can get very difficult for the team to find the right kind of balance including that player. So I think players need to adapt to what the team requirement is more often.
"For example, I have opened in the T20 cricket as well.
So I should be flexible enough to do that. I think it's up to the player to get versatile in a manner that he can take up different positions what the team requires him to do," he said.
Kohli agreed that it takes time for anyone to settle in a particular batting slot.
"It takes time, I am not saying it is easy. If you see Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) as well he has played in the middle order in the ODIs, he plays in the middle order in Test matches. He's also opened a lot in ODIs as well. He also felt that he found it difficult to switch. Now we're backing Jinks at the top of the order. So he knows the plans are clear," the skipper explained the rationale behind Rahul batting at No 4. The skipper said it was an advantage to have two wrist spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) in the side and that their ability to pick up wickets gave him a lot of confidence. "It is a great advantage to have two wrist spinners in your team, especially when both are so different to each other and both can pick up wickets in the middle overs.