3 Players Who Can Replace Virat Kohli At No.3 Spot Across All Three Formats After ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022


Virat Kohli, up until the Asia Cup 2022 was seen struggling with his form. The former India skipper failed to register a solitary ton over 1000 days until he broke the jinx against Afghanistan during the continental tournament.

However, a lot of debates stirred regarding Kohli’s performance and if he’d still be as good as before. While Virat Kohli has once again silenced his critics with some phenomenal performances, let’s have a look at three possible replacements for the No.3 spot in the Indian team.

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3 Players Who Can Replace Virat Kohli At No.3 Spot Across All Three Formats After ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022

Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Pic Credits: Twitter.

A strong contender for the top order is Shubman Gill. Having played more in the Tests, Gill does not have much of a track record in the 50-over game, while he is yet to make his T20I debut.

Gill has only played 12 ODIs, and the last one he played was against South Africa on October 11, 2022.

He most recently played as the opening batter for the Gujarat Titans during their championship-winning IPL 2022 season, scoring 483 runs at a strike rate of 132.32. He was one of the top five runs scorers in IPL this year and gave his side good starts consistently.

Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP
Suryakumar Yadav. PC- AP

Suryakumar Yadav has been an important component of the team combination lately. Though he bats in the middle order, there are high chances of Yadav making it to the top order in Kohli’s absence.

Having played just 13 ODIs, Yadav is fresh to the setup as it has been just one year since he made his ODI debut. With more and more games, he will get accustomed to the conditions and situations. He was a part of the Indian setup when they last faced West Indies in February 2022, where he scored his highest ODI score of 64 (83).

Deepak Hooda

Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda. Image: Twitter

Deepak Hooda stood by his nickname ‘Hurricane’ in the series against Ireland, where he was one of the reasons behind India’s 2-0 win. His unbeaten knock in the first game led India to finish off the chase in style and his magnificent ton in the second game earned him the player of the series title.

Hooda has played only eight ODIs in his short career so far. He made his debut against West Indies at home in February and played the first two games before being replaced in the third.

3 Players Who Can Replace Virat Kohli At No.3 Spot Across All Three Formats After ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022

Though there haven’t been any remarkable achievements in the ODI format for Hooda, he has been in terrific form in the T20 format this year. His stint at the Indian Premier League for the Lucknow Super Giants proved to be very fruitful as he earned his place in the Indian squad

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