India in Australia 2011-12 January 2, 2012

Kohli deserves a little patience

One of the unfortunate consequences of the Indian defeat in Melbourne has been the unhealthy speculation over Virat Kohli's immediate future

One of the unfortunate consequences of the Indian defeat in Melbourne has been the unhealthy speculation over Virat Kohli's immediate future. To single out Kohli, the least experienced of the top six, borders on the farcical because he hasn't been given a long-enough run to fill the No.6 position, writes Dileep Premachandran in The National.

In Sydney, India need to reassess their line-up so that Kohli is not the last man standing. If they want more impetus at No 3, Laxman can provide that. But either he or Dravid must bat at No 6, so that the younger man is not burdened by the consequences of possible failure.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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