Virat Kohli, India, 5 Players Who Debut With Virat Kohli,
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India skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to demote himself at number four in order to accommodate both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in the playing eleven in the ongoing first ODI against Australia has not really paid off. The team-management had a big dilemma in front of them as Shikhar Dhawan has been a reliable opener for over six years now while Rahul has been in stunning form at the moment.

Starting from last year’s World Cup, Rahul was promoted as an opener whenever Rohit or Dhawan were absent and he rarely failed to perform. In India’s last ODI assignment which was against West Indies, Rahul scored a stunning century while Dhawan missed that one due to injury. With Rahul in such a good form, dropping him from the playing eleven made little sense and thus Kohli decided to alter the batting order.

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In a selfless move, the India skipper decided to give up his number three position and asked Rahul to bat there while Dhawan opened with Rohit in the ongoing game in Mumbai. But the move did not really paid off as India came up with a dismal batting display. The Men in Blue were all out for just 255 with Dhawan’s 73 being the highest score.

Rahul was the second highest run-scorer, scoring 47 while adding 121 runs for the second wicket with Dhawan. But once Dhawan and Rahul departed in a space of six runs, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out for a below par 255. Kohli, who came out to bat at number four, managed to score just 16.

Meanwhile, the fans were not at all impressed with Virat Kohli’s decision of changing the team’s batting order and blasted him for the same.

Here are some of the reactions: