On Tuesday, Australia won the toss and put hosts India into bat first in Mumbai during the first ODI. The Men in Blue lost their opener, Rohit Sharma, early in the piece for 10 runs off 15 balls when he was looking to go aerial against Mitchell Starc. After that, skipper Virat Kohli was expected to come in next but that did not happen as in-form KL Rahul got promoted up the order. The move did not go down well with the fans as they felt Kohli is best suited at the No 3 slot.
This move prompted fans to take to social media and criticise the decision.
Here is how they reacted:
In 180 innings, Kohli has amassed 9,509 runs at No 3 at a staggering average of 63.39. Of Kohli’s 43 ODI hundreds, 36 have come from this position. Only former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara have scored runs at this slot.
At the time of filing the copy, India were 126 for one after 25 overs with Shikhar Dhawan (70) and KL Rahul (42) in the middle.