Team India carried on its sensational run in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 by recording a brilliant 125-run victory over the Windies at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on Thursday. Although the Virat Kohli-led side is unbeaten so far in the tournament, but still there are some concerns which will be putting the team management under slight doubts.
The big area of concern which has been travelling with India since a long time and that is the much-debated number four conundrum. Keeping in mind Rishabh Pant‘s familiarity with English conditions, former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth has advocated playing the young wicketkeeper-batsman at the number four position.
“If I was involved with the team management, I think I would consider putting a guy like Rishabh Pant in at No.4,” Kris Srikkanth wrote in his column for the ICC. The 21-year-old Pant has been brought in as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s World Cup squad but is yet to figure in any of the matches.
“They have brought him over here now, he is ready to go and, most importantly, he has played in England before so understands the conditions.”
Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav’s approach needs some fine-tuning
India will look to continue their winning run when they meet hosts England in their next outing on Sunday, and the 1983 World Cup winner said the situation is ideal for Pant’s inclusion. “We saw him impress in the Test series here last summer when he came into the side and with England up next, maybe now is a good time to get him in there against a familiar opponent.
“In the middle order Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav have yet to really convince. I think it’s fair to say that their approach needs some fine-tuning.”
Srikkanth felt K L Rahul, entrusted with opening the innings after Dhawan’s ouster from the tournament, felt he must convert his starts. “At the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has not fired the last couple of times, and that means K L Rahul needs to do more.”