India’s new No. 4 batsman: Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma hints as to who would bat at No. 4 for India in the upcoming tournament.
With the Asia Cup to commence just under a week now, India’s conundrum regarding whom to play at No. 4 in ODIs still doesn’t get to finish. Having tried numerous options at No. 4 in the last couple of years or even more, the team management still doesn’t know who will bat at that position on a permanent basis.
The wobbling mindset of the selectors and the team management, injuries to a few players and others’ poor form has further not helped India’s case. The selectors have picked various players but have failed to give them a consistent run.
With Virat Kohli rested for the tourney, Rohit Sharma has been named the captain. The team comprises of three probable names in Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu, who have it in them to bat at No. 4 in the imminent tournament.
Going by one of Rohit Sharma’s tweet, Pandey, who turns 29 today, seems to be the front-runner for that spot. In which was a Birthday wish for the right-hand batsman, Sharma might just have thrown a hint regarding his chances of batting at No. 4 ahead of both the other contenders.
Watch the tweet:
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 10, 2018
If Pandey plays in India’s first match against Hong Kong at Dubai on September 18, he will be playing an ODI after more than 10 months. In which will be a sort of comeback for him, he would be wanting to make this spot his own by playing some responsible innings for the team.
Another reason why he can’t afford to fail is the fact that there would be two other batsmen in the dressing room waiting for their turn.