India’s Number 4 in ODIs: Former Indian captain has opined about the right batsman who should bat at No. 4 for India in ODIs.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly recently opened up on current India captain Virat Kohli after the latter was declared the Man of the Series in the ODI series against West Indies earlier this week. In two innings, Kohli scored 234 runs at a strike rate of 104.46 including two centuries.
Other than writing about Kohli’s world-class stature in his column for The Times of India, Ganguly further predicted about the 30-year old cricketer’s records at the highest level.
“I stayed up till 3 AM watching him [Virat Kohli] get those hundreds and that sums up his world class stature, which is getting better every day. I have a strong feeling that he will leave everyone behind,” Ganguly wrote.
India’s Number 4 in ODIs
Ganguly was also wax lyrical about India batsman Shreyas Iyer, who impressed one and all with his batting in the last two matches. Ganguly also opined about Iyer having it in him to become India’s solution for the long-standing No. 4 conundrum.
Shreyas Iyer, India’s best batsman after Virat Kohli in the West Indies ODI’s 👏
Is he India’s answer to the No.4 spot? pic.twitter.com/PLOHBJmBHm
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 15, 2019
“The quality is hugely noticeable and hopefully as he will watch his champion captain more, he will start converting those good knocks into hundreds. He should ideally bat at No.4. He must understand that it is a position which the greats have made their own with big performances and that is what the Indian public will start expecting from him,” Ganguly added.
In two innings at Port of Spain, Iyer scored 136 runs at a strike rate of 124.77 including two half-centuries. Iyer worked as the captain of Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals under Ganguly’s mentorship in IPL 2019.