India have tried a number of options at the No.4 spot in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik and many others in the recent times, but they are yet to find a suitable batsman for the crucial middle-order position. Ambati Rayudu is currently playing at the No.4 position for India in ODIs and he has played a couple of sensational innings against the Windies and New Zealand till now.
However, Rayudu had a dismal run with the bat in the first three matches of the ongoing ODI series against Australia, after which he was also dropped for the recently concluded fourth ODI in Mohali. The right-hander scored a total of just 33 runs together in the first three ODIs. After regular failures, Rayudu has also put his 2019 World Cup selection chances under serious doubts.
Options are still there
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly reckons that the No.4 spot in the Indian ODI team is still up for grabs. He mentioned that there are still lot of options who need to be tried. In the last ODI against Australia, Virat Kohli batted at the No.4 spot, while Rayudu’s replacement, KL Rahul played at No.3. “Options are still there. Let’s see what happens,” said Sourav Ganguly during a recent conversation with the media reporters.
We should not read too much into one defeat
India suffered a disappointing 4-wicket loss against Australia in the fourth ODI. The duo comprising of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma compiled a fabulous opening partnership to guide their team to massive total of 358 runs. In reply, Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner each played their career-best innings to power Australia to an emphatic victory. The former Indian cricketer reckons that everyone should not target the Indian team after just one loss.
“There was a lot of dew. It was difficult. I don’t think we should read too much into one defeat and it does not hamper World Cup preparations,” the former Indian skipper concluded.