India to stick with winning formula

Virat KohliIndia skipper MS Dhoni admits star batsman Virat Kohli may now stay at number four as they try to win the remaining two one-dayers with West Indies (India 2/5, Windies 15/8 4th ODI Winner).

Kohli’s form has tailed off in recent times as he was unable to cope with the swing of James Anderson on the summer tour to England, and made only two in the first ODI against the men from the Caribbean.

But the 25-year-old, who averages an incredible 51.24 in 50-over international cricket, bounced back to form with a well-made 62 as the hosts levelled the series with a 48-run victory on Saturday (Kohli 7/2 Top India Batsman).

Kohli slipped down one notch to bat at four in Delhi at the weekend, with Ambati Rayudu taking the pressure position of first drop and making a solid 32.

It was a decent all-round display by the Asians giants, who will now have to wait until Friday for the next encounter after Cyclone Hudhud ruined any chance of play in Tuesday’s schedule third match of five.

And Dhoni, who hit a superb unbeaten 51 in his side’s triumph last time out, paid tribute to his team-mate, who sacrificed his favoured position to help out his team.

“Kohli is very experienced and he knows what the team wants,” he said. “We were able to convince him to bat down the order and he understood that it’s good for the team and himself.”

The players will reassemble in Dharamsala later this week after the storm blows over and Dhoni sees no reason to change a winning formula with the hosts needing to win both remaining games to clinch the series.

“If someone is doing well at number three and Virat is comfortable at number four, then why not – let’s go with it,” he added.

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