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Sunil Gavaskar doesn’t want to change India’s batting order for Asia Cup

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While India has started their preparation for the upcoming Asia Cup, experts are talking about mixing up the batting order.

Youngster Ishan Kishan has a really good record in ODI cricket as he has already hit a double century in the format.

He has followed it up with consecutive fifties during the recent series against the West Indies and was awarded the Player of the Match.

That’s why the Indian management is finding it tough to find a spot in the playing XI for him at the moment.

Meanwhile, former India head coach, Ravi Shastri has stated that India should mix things up a bit by changing the opening combination.

While Ishan and Rohit can open the batting, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli can come in after them.

However, Sunil Gavaskar has disapproved of this and has stated that the opening combination should remain the same.

He has also pointed out that Kohli can come in at No.4 if any of the openers gets out early to protect him from facing the new ball.

Any team has to be flexible, but I don’t want to disturb the top order. I don’t think Rohit Sharma should be looking to bat down the order. Yes, you can look at having Kohli at No.4, particularly, if a wicket falls early because the new ball can do some early damage.

A look at Ishan Kishan’s impressive ODI stats; Gavaskar wants Kohli at No.4

Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has played in only 17 ODI games for India and has scored 694 runs in 16 matches with an average of 46.27 and a strike rate of 107.43.

Moreover, he has scored 6 fifties and one double ton in the format so far.

Apparently, the Asia Cup and the upcoming ODI series against Australia will give India to fine-tune their batting order before the ODI World Cup.

While it will be a tough call to sit Kishan out of the tournament, but still he’s a better option than a player who’s low on confidence.

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