Sunil Gavaskar gave his take on what the batting order of India should be.
India’s number 4 batting problem is obvious to anyone and everyone who has been watching them play. In the last four years, there have been numerous attempts to put different players in the position to try and solve the problem. However, not a single player was able to provide the results that the team needed.
Nonetheless, the team have started making changes to address this and other problems that they may have. Rishabh Pant has played in the number 4 position in all of their games following the World Cup and so far, he has not disappointed the team. Shreyas Iyer is now assigned at number 5 and together, they have been performing exceedingly well for the team. However, former Indian player Gavaskar has some doubts about this.
He believes that Pant, who is good at pace-bowling, and Iyer, who does well against spinners, should have their positions changed. Pant should be at number 5 while Iyer should be at number 4.
“In my view, Rishabh Pant is much better like an MS Dhoni at 5 for 6 as a finisher because that’s where his natural game and natural flair will come into play… If India gets to a great start with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batting for 40-45 overs, then Pant at No. 4. But if it’s a question of batting for 30-35 overs, then I think it should be Shreyas Iyer at No. 4 and Pant at No. 5,” he said.
MS Dhoni used to bat at no. 4 for the Men in Blue. However, since his break from cricket, Rishabh Pant has taken his spot and is performing better than expected. He will be playing in all the games for the India tour of West Indies. To find out more about the different cricket leagues and tournaments, visit Betwala’s page.
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