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ICC World Cup 2019: Kohli tells strategy discussed with Hardik Pandya against Australia

It was Hardik Pandya who told his captain Virat Kohli to drop an anchor role as his presence gave him freedom to attack.


Virat Kohli can switch gears while batting but the Indian captain feels that the presence of a compulsive stroke-player like Hardik Pandya allows him to play his natural game at this time.

It's not everyday that Kohli scored at more than run a ball, yet his 82 off 77 balls in India's 36 runs win against Australia had only 4 fours and 2 sixes.

He was happy running the ones and twos, save the two sixes off Mitchell Starc as Pandya was doing an aggressive batting with his skipper, scoring 48 off 25 balls at a good strike rate of 190. 

For the skipper, it's not a problem to tackle because he knows "As long as Hardik and MSD play like that, I have no problem in just doing my job and taking singles and being at one end. Sometimes, you will get an opportunity to strike as well, and this is what we discussed as a team.

The team management's communication to the middle-order is pretty clear and the players understand the kind of situation in the match as they are aware of what the team is expected from him as a team-mate.