Virat Kohli should continue to bat at number four in ODI series against England, Sourav Ganguly claims

Sudhir Gupta 11/07/2018
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Ganguly feels Kohli at number four makes India stronger.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli should continue batting in the No.4 position in the three-match ODI series against England which gets underway on Thursday at Trent Bridge.

Kohli, who usually bats at his customary No.3 position, moved down the order to accommodate the in-form KL Rahul in that spot during the recent three-match T20 series. That move, according to Ganguly, has given India a formidable batting-order.

“If you look at this T20I series, I think they have formed the proper batting line-up. With Rahul at number three, and Virat Kohli batting at number four, I think the problem has been sorted out. And I firmly believe it is the right thing to do in the ODI format as well,” the former India skipper said during the UK launch of his book ‘A Century is Not Enough’.

Rahul struck a magnificent ton batting at No3 in the first T20.

Rahul struck a magnificent ton batting at No3 in the first T20.

“I think that’s what Kohli is doing to do as well,” Ganguly added.

After India won the T20 series 2-1, Ganguly feels they will be the favourites for the ODIs as well due to England’s unconvincing bowling attack.

“England are a good side. They are a very good batting unit but bowling is the weaker part of their game. The way India won in Bristol when chasing 200, they will fancy their chances against this English bowling line-up in the ODI series,” Ganguly opined.

Kohli and his men will have their eyes on the No.1 ODI ranking in the three-match series against England with a 3-0 whitewash guaranteeing India top spot.

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Pat Cummins predicts India captain Virat Kohli will not score a century on their tour of Australia

Sudhir Gupta 10/07/2018
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Pat Cummins (right) is convinced Virat Kohli (left) will not score a century

Australia pacer Pat Cummins has made a bold prediction that Virat Kohli will not score a century against them when India tour Down Under later this year.

India will travel to Australia in November for a three-match T20I series, four Tests and three ODIs from November. The last time Kohli played in Australia, he struck four Test centuries, scoring 692 runs at 86.50.

But Cummins is convinced Kohli won’t be celebrating a single century on Australian soil.

“My brave, bold prediction … I’d say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we’re going to knock them off over here,” Cummins said at a Channel Seven function at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

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Nepal to make their ODI debut against Netherlands in August

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Historic moment: Nepal clinched ODI status in Zimbabwe

Nepal will play their first-ever ODI when they take on the Netherlands in August, it was confirmed.

The two nations will play on August 1 and 3 at Voorburg CC and VRA Ground in Amstelveen in a two-match series that follows a T20I at Lord’s on July 29.

Nepal secured ODI status until 2022 after finishing ahead of Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. For Netherlands, it will be the first ODI since 2014 after regaining the status following their World Cricket League Championship triumph.

Netherlands coach Ryan Campbell, said: “It’s going to be a fantastic series for both countries as it will be our first ODI since regaining our status lost in 2014, it will also be Nepal’s first ODI ever.

“These games also present us with another opportunity to expose our youngsters to top quality cricket and I’m excited to keep watching their development.”

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