KL Rahul's batting at No. 4 biggest positive for team India, says Kohli

The Indian skipper feels teams winning toss would prefer chasing in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

KL Rahul struck a quickfire hundred in the second warm-up match against Bangladesh.   -  REUTERS

Captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that Lokesh Rahul may be preferred at the crucial No. 4 slot in the World Cup after his hundred in India’s 95-run win over Bangladesh in a warm-up match here.

"I think the biggest positive to come out was the way KL Rahul batted at four. It is important that he gets runs and he is a sound player to get the scoreboard ticking," Kohli said about Rahul, whose 99-ball 108 helped India to a daunting total. "MS (Dhoni) and Hardik (Pandya) were superb as well," he added.

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"We were challenged by their batsmen as well and our spinners got wickets too. The ball might turn a bit in the second half but I feel the swing and seam would be important in the first fifteen overs. Most of the teams winning the toss would want to chase," Kohli remarked after fifties by Mushfiqur Rehman and Liton Das had kept Bangladesh in the run chase before Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal ran through the opposition middle-order.

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"We have had two good challenges in the two games while batting first. Shikhar and Rohit are quality players, they become stars in ICC events. I understand if guys don't get going rightaway in this format, but I am glad with what we got out of these two games.

"The last 15 overs could be challenging on the field, especially when the game is not interesting and you have to go through the motions. But once the tournament starts nobody would find all these things long, which is what you expect from a world class tournament like the World Cup," he said.

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