Virat Kohli gives hilarious reply: The Indian captain ended up giving a funny reference on being asked about India’s middle-order.
There is no hiding to the fact that India have struggled with their middle-order, preferably their No. 4 batsman, in the limited-over formats since the last four years or so. Having tried numerous batsmen at No. 4, India are yet to zero in on a long-term candidate.
While it appeared that India would find a solution in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, it wasn’t to be. With Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey recalled into the limited-over squads for the tour of West Indies, expect one of them to be given a go at No. 4.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 28, 2019
Virat Kohli gives hilarious reply on India’s middle-order issue
Speaking during the press conference before leaving India for West Indies, India captain Virat Kohli saw the funny side of things on being asked about the middle-order for the umpteenth time. “I don’t know how to clear the issue of middle order [laughs], do I need to see a crystal maze and show you how we will work on this middle order issue,” Kohli was quoted as saying.
Other than joking about the current situation in the middle-order, Kohli explained how the situation has reached to such a level. The Indian skipper believed that the situation is an unwanted aftermath of the Indian top-order consistently being among the runs in the recent years.
“This is very subjective and situation-based things. We believe our top order is the best, which is why the middle-order does not get too many opportunities. They fail to perform in the couple of opportunities they get and everyone starts pointing out.
“We always try that all that eleven players perform on the field. When that does not happen, then one particular factor always gets singled out. If I am a middle-order player and I do not get to bat too often. Then I get one match to play and I do not perform, then even I would feel that it is unfair to judge. If the top order fails, then you would think they have performed, they are allowed to misfire in a few games,” Kohli said.