Is The No 4 Batsman Indian Team’s Biggest Worry?

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The drama which unfolds now is intriguing to watch. The recent developments suggest that Rishabh Pant has been asked to travel to England as the cover for Shikhar Dhawan; which suggests that Ambati Rayudu’s career as the Indian Cricket team player is nothing but over. Now, the Pant’s inclusion does create a doubt in the mind of the fans and the players.

The basic question stands here is- What is the use of Kartik and Vijay if Pant is traveling? Everyone knows that on any given day Virat Kohli prefers Rishabh Pant over others as he is the “imminent future” of the Indian Cricket team. However, does this give the Indian captain or the selectors the license that they can discard the already selected world cup players? Rishabh Pant’s inclusion looks a bit absurd at this point of a moment.

Pant to replace dhawan in CWC 2019

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With Shikhar Dhawan under observation, was it right to replace an opener with a middle-order batsman and that too when the team is packed with players who play in the middle order?

Again, the Indian selectors have left us in a muddle. However, this inclusion does have some stats to show that he is the perfect replacement if it happens so. After all, it takes effort to hit two centuries overseas but the catch here is that they came in the test matches not in the ODI’s. Likewise, his howlers in Mohali and his 94 runs in 4 innings and throwing of the wicket in crucial situations does not really justify his selection ahead of a balanced player in form of Ambati Rayudu, who can bat at no 4 or asked, can open the innings. Yet, the argument is going to be he performed in the IPL and still the question is- Is IPL the same as the World Cup? This question alone can answer many questions and can point where the selectors and management are missing a trick.

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Keeping all this aside, Dhawan’s injury has now finally opened the door for the much awaited 3D stadium effect which the selectors promised during the announcement of the squad. Indeed, it’s time for 3D action! KL Rahul’s promotion means that either of Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Kartik will come into the frame at least for the New Zealand fixture. But out of them who will play is a big question to ponder upon.

Dinesh Karthik in CWC 2019

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Dinesh Karthik is a good option for the team management who at the moment seeks stability in the team. He can be used as the floater. He can bat at no 4 to give cohesion to the team. He can come at 5 or 6 to finish the innings and propel India’s score which will be quite handy seeing that Hardik Pandya is the lone finisher India is banking on at the moment. Furthermore, the team will also get the benefit of Karthik’s experience of playing in England and the ICC tournaments. Additionally, Dinesh Karthik’s keeping reflexes makes him a good fielder and this is an additional benefit of playing him in the final lineup. Anyhow, seeing the way unpredictability of Virat Kohli, it will be hard to comment on Karthik’s position as he has not played him much in the past.

Moving on from Dinesh Karthik, we now have Vijay Shankar who offers a “3D effect” and Ambati Rayudu was not too far away from tweeting the same and his tweet will surely leave you in splits.

Besides this, the player made his case in the two bilateral series he played. He handled the pressure while batting in New Zealand and was calm and on-spot with his tactics the moment he was asked to bowl the last over in the crucial second ODI. Moreover, he has shown that he is a good fielder be it in the 30-yard circle or outside that, he can field anywhere when asked.

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Interestingly, he was selected as a player who will represent India in the no 4 positions. Howbeit, Kohli preferred Rahul as the no 4 so far. Albeit all this, with Dhawan injured and Kartik’s chances a bit unpredictable, Virat Kohli will possibly go with him seeing that he can deliver in all departments when asked to do something. Be that as it may, the question that stands here is- will we be able to the 3D effect in Nottingham or will it be the surprise cover removed from our astonished faces?

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