As India was thrashed by Australia in one of their toughest home matches post the World Cup, much of the blame was directed towards the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. His decision to demote himself to no.4 seems to have backfired the team and Indian fans on twitter showed no mercy in citing this out.
The Indian team has been trying numerous experiments for the past few series, mainly in the middle order. But Indian fans feel that this move to demote the World's best no. 3 to no. 4 was nothing but a mad decision by the management and the captain himself.
Fans seems to have not very well-liked this new experiment of Indian team. Fans started lashing out at the captain because of his own batting position, wherein the world’s best number 3 batsman decided to demote himself at number 4 to accommodate KL Rahul.
Talking about how it all went at the Wankhede, Australia won the toss and asked India to bat in the first game of the series. Even though Kohli had already hinted about him playing at 4 in the press conference, fans still expected to see him coming at the fall of the first wicket.
However, it didn’t happen and walked in the inform KL Rahul who stitched together a fine partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. When things were going well with India, Rahul produced a false shot against the run of play which triggered a batting collapse.
Virat Kohli has scores of 16, 7, 12, 11, 3*, 4 and 9 at number 4 and yet he decided to come at 4 which didn’t go well with the fans who felt that the best batsman of the team should face as many balls as possible and Kohli shouldn’t try to fix something which isn't broken.
Kohli still has a very fine average of 56 batting at 4 but that still remains an irregular position for him. Virat also seems to have understood his mistake and pointed out that
“I don't think it's gone quite our way whenever I've batted at four. So we'll have to probably rethink about that one”
India vs Australia have always been a fierce rivalry and when two best sides take on each other, there is not much chance of experiments. Aussies bowlers showed Indians why experimenting against them is a bad idea.