Who will be playing at number four has been the biggest problem of Team India for a long time. But now this problem of Indian cricket team seems to be solved. Before and after the ICC World Cup 2019, Team India could not find the right contender for this number. However, Ravi Shastri, who has been re-appointed as the coach of the team, has made it clear which batsman is ready to play at this number in the future plans of Team India.
The Indian team had long been looking for the number four batsman. This is the reason why Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and even the young Vijay Shankar were tried on this sequence, but could not leave any impression. Even when the coach was being interviewed, the biggest question and challenge before Ravi Shastri was that which batsman is the most suitable option at this number. It will be interesting to see now which number Rishabh Pant will bat.
Shastri while speaking to a media portal said, “Shreyas Iyer, for instance, he is going to stay at No. 4. There are more youngsters who will get a look-in.”
Shastri added, “Bench strength is everything if we’re looking at things from a long-term perspective. That constant flow of fresh, young talent has to be there. Be it Rishabh or Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep, Hardik, Mayank, Shankar – they’re there, constantly raising their hand up. That kind of a pool does wonders when the only objective is to ensure you don’t end up with any kind of deadwood.”
Talking about the biggest disappointment of his time, Shastri said, I’ll say the World Cup semifinal. Those 30 minutes changed everything. We were right there and then it all slipped away.”
However, "We are backing Rishabh to still bat at four and Shreyas Iyer will bat at five. Four and five are more like floating batting position for us, according to the situation of the game anyone can bat anywhere," Virat Kohli said.
"For me, top-3 and probably 6 and 7 are specialist batting positions than four and five. I think, it has become a topic of debate for a long time. In ODI's and T20s, four and five are your flexible guys," Kohli added.
Earlier, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar backed for Iyer to bat at No.4. "In my view, Rishabh Pant is much better like M.S. Dhoni at 5 or 6 as a finisher because that's where his natural game and natural flair will come into play," Gavaskar had said.