If Kohli is left out for the ICC tournament then management can explore the option of Rahul playing in the middle-order. That will open a spot for the opening batter to partner skipper Rohit Sharma and Ruturaj definitely get a chance to feature in the starting eleven.
Hooda is capable of playing in any position and offers more with his off-spin bowling. If Kohli misses out on the World Cup in Australia, then Hooda is likely to play not all but a few matches.
He is likely to be the first player to be considered as Kohli’s replacement in the upcoming World Cup and clearly he deserves this. However, he will have to play well consistently to seal that position ahead of the mega event.