According to former South African superstar AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli may be the solution to India’s World Cup No.4 issue.

We’re still debating who will be India’s No. 4 batter, remarked Kohli’s former IPL partner on his YouTube channel ‘AB de Villiers 360’. I’ve heard some rumours that Virat (Kohli) would fill that role. I would be a strong advocate for that.

“Virat is ideal for No. 4, in my opinion. He can complete the innings and fill any position in the middle of the order. I’m not sure he would want to do that. Although he has scored all of his runs in the No. 3 position, which he obviously enjoys, you have to put your hand up and take the initiative if the team needs you to do something or fill a specific role.

India’s middle order has come up for debate in the lead-up to the Asia Cup and the World Cup because Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul have only recently returned to the team following their protracted injuries.

When India revealed their Asia Cup roster, captain Rohit Sharma emphasised the need for flexibility in the batting order and stressed the need for players to be prepared to bat at any position.

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The No. 4 spot is now most likely to go to Iyer, who is recovering from back surgery, but Kohli has had great success in that position in the past.

In his seven hundreds while batting at No. 4, Kohli has a remarkable average of 55.21 and a similarly impressive strike rate of 90.66. On the other hand, he hasn’t batted in that position since he played against Australia in Mumbai in January 2020.

KL Rahul’s fitness is still a concern, and he could miss at least two games in the Asia Cup, which begins on August 30, despite Iyer appearing fine in India’s Asia Cup training camp in Alur.

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