Melbourne: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones says Virat Kohli`s 86-ball 133 in a tri-series match against Sri Lanka was one of the "greatest" one-day international knocks and felt the young batsman must be promoted to number three position in the shorter formats.
"What a bizarre week of cricket it has been. Virat Kohli`s innings on Tuesday against Sri Lanka is up there with one of the greatest one-day international knocks of all time," Jones said.
"Honestly, how can India chase down 320 and get the runs in 36.4 overs with the form it has been in?" he asked.
India rode on Kolhi`s stunning knock to keep their chances alive in the CB series, before Sri Lanka dashed their hopes by winning their last match against Australia here at the MCG today.
"Kohli`s innings rates up there with Viv Richards` epic knock against England in 1984. At one stage the West Indies were 7-102, and Viv went on to smash 189 not out to help take his team to a total of 272.”
"India had to win its match and win it well. Young charges such as Kohli showed the way. Surely now, India has to make some changes in its one-day and Test teams after this tour.”
"I think Kohli should be No. 3 in India`s one-day team but not for Tests. He still needs to work on the defensive side to his game to be a Test No. 3. I believe he is well suited to No. 4 or No. 5," Jones wrote in the `Sydney Morning Herald`.
Jones also took a dig at the Indian Cricket Board. "The funny thing about the Board of Control for Cricket in India is that it refuses to have a review system for umpires and yet it says it will have a review of the tour when the team returns."