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Here's Why Team India Should Not Change Virat Kohli's Batting Position

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Virat Kohli ended his century drought of 1020 days last month against Afghanistan in Asia Cup. Kohli reached the triple-figure mark as an opener, and thus many opined he should be promoted from his usual No. 3 position.

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However, many feel Team India should not tinker with Kohli's position, as it will disrupt the rhythm of the entire batting unit. On Sunday, Kohli scored a composed half-century against Australia after coming in to bat at No. 3.

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Let's take a look at three major reasons why the Indian team should not tinker with Kohli's No. 3 position

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Virat Kohli has played only one game as an opener this year, against Afghanistan. In contrast, he has played 11 innings as the No. 3 batter, scoring half-centuries in four of them. 

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Changing his batting position just ahead of the World Cup may hamper his rhythm. In the third T20I against Australia, Kohli offered promises of reclaiming his baroque past. He was at his proactive best against Adam Zampa, and ruthless against fast bowlers.

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Promoting Kohli as an opener means Rahul will have to either warm the bench or bat down the order. Rahul has rarely batted in any other position in T20s, so there's hardly any evidence of his efficacy at No. 3 or No. 4. As one of the most consistent batters, Rahul deserves to be in the playing XI.