Virat Kohli is the greatest white-ball batter of all time. The moment he hits a dull phase people talk about replacing this legend. It is next to impossible to emulate what he has done for the nation. Currently, he might be having a dull phase but that doesn’t overshadow his performances in T20Is over the years. Virat Kohli is a true champion and he will be set to rock the Australian pitches in this year’s T20 World Cup. But if you were to currently give this champion some rest, who are the players who can bat at number 3 for India?
1) Suryakumar Yadav can Replace Virat Kohli:
Suryakumar Yadav is an ideal fit to replace Virat at the top of the order. A top-order batter needs to be calculative, and attacking and needs to take responsibility. Suryakumar has been with the Mumbai Indians for over 5 years now. He has seen and been at the top of his game. Surya plays the short ball very well. He also has an illustrious cover drive.
2) Shreyas Iyer can Replace Virat Kohli:
Shreyas Iyer can also bat number 3. He showed his skill in the series against Sri Lanka. There were even memes on social media floating that Iyer has replaced Virat. He does have an evident weakness against the short-ball but his ability to play steadily counterbalances that. Iyer is also a senior player. He has been grilled in the IPL since 2015. He has a lot to offer to the Indian team.
3) Sanju Samson can Replace Virat:
Sanju Samson is an underused talent by the BCCI. Even Indian fans acknowledge the fact that Sanju has been marred by immense competition. Sanju made his international debut in 2015 and since then has been in and out. He is a team man. His mediocre performances are due to the fact that he plays an all-out attack game. He mostly has been sent to attack the opposition and he has always ensured he gets what is expected. He doesn’t waste the time, of the audience or himself. Samson will either entertain or perish.
4) Deepak Hooda:
Deepak Hooda is the 4th Indian to score a century in the shortest format. This champion from Rajasthan is in the form of his life. He has been tonking the ball very well. In the three opportunities that he got, he scored a hundred, a match-winning 40 runs, and another a quick-fire 30. He has done whatever he had in his hands. Now it is up to the BCCI to decide his fate. He is one player who on a personal note is very keen to make it to the flight to Australia.
5) Rahul Tripathi can Replace Virat Kohli:
Another player who has been piling on the performances in domestic cricket is Rahul Tripathi. Rahul got his maiden call-up in the series against Ireland. It will now be a regular phenomenon to see him in the India blue. If given an opportunity and if he gets capped, Rahul will shine with flying colors.
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