The discussions regarding the much debated No.4 spot in the Indian team for the 2019 World Cup seems to be never-ending. The Indian selection panel-led by chief selector MSK Prasad has already clarified that the “three-dimensional cricketer”, Vijay Shankar is the first-choice candidate for the vacant slot in the upcoming showpiece event. However, the recent injury sustained by Kedar Jadhav during the IPL 2019 has once again probably opened up the doors for the talks about the players who were earlier not picked in the World Cup squad.
I would not play Shankar at number four in the WC says Syed Kirmani
Former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani is not at all convinced with Vijay Shankar’s selection in the 15-member squad for the upcoming mega event. He noted that Shankar would not be his first-choice for the number four spot and chose Kedar Jadhav for the slot. However, Jadhav’s WC participation fortunes are currently hanging against the uncertainty lines due to the shoulder injury.
Jadhav has been picked in India’s 15-man squad for the mega event but after he was ruled out of the IPL towards the business end because of the injury, it is still to be seen whether he can make it. India has a number of players as standbys who would step in if there is an unrecoverable injury and Ambati Rayudu is one among them.
“Just one thing that would have been different in my squad would have been the choice of Rayudu ahead of Vijay Shankar. I would not play Shankar at number four in the World Cup. My choice for that spot would be Jadhav if he is fit and if he is not it has to be Rayudu,” wrote Syed Kirmani in his column for Times of India.
Jadhav has done really well for India in the last two years in the limited-overs format. Along with his well-known batting credentials especially while finishing games, the off-spinner has been a major wicket-taking contributor with the ball.
“The flipside of the IPL has been the possibility of Kedar Jadhav missing out because of an injury. It would indeed be a sad moment if Jadhav would miss out. He has been an asset in the last two years in the 50-over format,” entailed Kirmani.