Kohli has had a poor run of form since the England tour and in the first ODI against West Indies last night (October 8) in Kochi, he failed again.
The right-hander, who has been a prolific run scorer in one dayers at the number three position, is having a tough time against the moving ball, since the England trip.
Speaking to "NDTV", Gavaskar said the Indian team management needed to be flexible with their batting order and it was good to move Kohli to No. 5 from three.
"Virat Kohli's problems have been against the moving ball, on the off-stump and playing away from the body. Against the new balls, those problems can be further exposed. Therefore, Kohli can be held off till No.5 and he could get back to runs that way," Gavaskar said after the match on Wednesday.
Chasing a mammoth 322 for victory, Indian batsmen failed against the West Indies bowlers. Kohli made just 2 off 5 balls before he was caught in slips by Darren Sammy off Jerome Taylor.
The second of the five matches will be played in New Delhi on October 11.