Captain has to be in inner circle: Vengsarkar against Kohli fielding in the deep

Former chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar wants India captain Virat Kohli to take greater charge of things in one-day cricket and man the action from inside the 30 yards circle.

Virat often prefers to field in the deep to lend strength to Indian fielding with his superior outfielding. Ex-captain MS Dhoni has been seen taking care of any tactical field changes in consultation with the bowler. While this is seen by some as optimum utilisation of Dhoni’s game sense by Kohli, Vengsarkar is not sure if it is the best way of approaching captaincy.

“Captain has to be in the inner circle. You can’t field in the deep and adjust fielding from there. You can see the match better from the circle. If he is going to field in the deep it is not going to help him at all,” Vengsarkar told India Today.

In Dhoni’s absence during the fourth ODI against Australia, Kohli, the captain, appeared rusty as the match slipped away from India’s grasp in the field.

When asked if Kohli needed to take greater charge of things, Vengsarkar replied in affirmative. “Absolutely. You can only field in the deep during the slog overs,” he said.

Commenting on coach Ravi Shastri’s suggestion that Kohli could be seen batting at no.4 on occasions during the World Cup, Vengsarkar said he saw merit in the idea.

“I agree with Ravi. Because sometimes in English overcast conditions, if you lose early wickets, you may have to preserve Virat for no.4. because he is the best batsman in the world and in fantastic form. India depends heavily on him which is not a good thing because others have to perform,” Vengsarkar observed.

Vengsarkar backed MS Dhoni to come good in the World Cup. “Dhoni can play a very important role. He also has form on his side. He can bat at no. 6 or no.5 whatever suits the team. But he should be able to deliver,” Vengsarkar said.


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