Vijay Shankar likely to beat Rayudu: There are murmurs of the rookie Indian all-rounder running past the middle-order batsman.
The conundrum regarding India’s No. 4 batting position in ODIs has grown to an extent that it is doing rounds even during the times of the much-discussed Indian Premier League.
From the selectors and the team management making continuous chopping and changes to the players not performing consistently has put the Indian team in a spot of bother before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, India have played as many as 12 players at No. 4 in ODIs. The number itself signifies the stretch at which the issue has prevailed over the last four years.
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In a recent interview with PTI, a BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) source was vocal about the deteriorating stakes of middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu. However, he expected a change if the 33-year old batsman continues to do well for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
“Let’s get one thing clear. Ambati Rayudu has not inspired the highest level of confidence as number four after his 90 at Wellington. Things can still change if he has a good IPL but there has been a growing feeling that he is uncomfortable against anything above medium pace,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying to PTI.
Vijay Shankar to replace Ambati Rayudu?
A major reason why Rayudu might be overlooked is the sudden rise of all-rounder vijay Shankar. Despite not batting at No. 4 in his brief ODI career, the right-hand batsman has shown signs of making the position his own at the highest level.
In five ODIs innings so far, Shankar has scored 165 runs at an average of 33 and a strike rate of 96.49. The source eventually put the decision between the two on to their performance in the imminent IPL 2019.
“There are two ways to look at Vijay Shankar’s elevation. The pros are that he has the ability to rotate strike and is also a power-hitter. At Wellington, he showed that he can tackle quality swing and has time to play pace. The flip side is only nine ODIs going into the World Cup. Will the team management take that risk? Let’s wait till IPL,” he added.
How Twitter reacted:
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) March 19, 2019
— vivek vsa (@vsavivek2) March 19, 2019
India can try jinks at no 4 ???#askstar
— @Im_swapnil (@swapnil_dabhane) March 13, 2019
Former captain Sourav Ganguly has offered two extreme choices to end India’s quest for the perfect number four batsman at this year’s #WorldCup2019, suggesting they choose between a dour Cheteshwar Pujara and a daredevil Rishabh Pant https://t.co/H94Z3PuC7C by @Amlan_Reuters
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) March 19, 2019
If you have an option of a batsman in form and scoring runs, then cheteshwar1 can be a good option. Along with him, RishabPant777 is also a good option for the position as well as Ambati RayuduAmbati – SGanguly99
— #IPL2019 #VIVOIPL #IPL #IPLT20 (@VIVOIPL_IPL2019) March 19, 2019
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