Rohit Sharma, known as the Mr 200 or the Hitman of Indian cricket has finally weighed down his views on the number 4 dilemma of the Indian batting lineup. A lot has been said following the recently concluded T20i series of India vs England regarding KL’s position in the team.
The Karnataka lad had a decent run while batting at number 3 position. He scored a half-century in the T20 game played at Ireland, and also managed to smash a match-winning century in the 1st game of the England series at Manchester, which further cemented his position in the Indian batting lineup.
But, one good knock can’t outrun a plethora of consistent performances notched up by a player of the likes of Virat Kohli. Being the captain, he’s the one who can make the final call on whether KL Rahul would bat at 3 or 4.
Dada speaks his views!
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also expressed his views on the so-hyped number 4 conundrum. He feels that Virat Kohli must continue to bat at number 4 position in the ODIs as well. Kohli at 4, followed by MS Dhoni at 5, will only add more strength to the team’s core. Dada too feels that it’s time KL takes up the number 3 position and contribute major runs for the team.
Rohit Sharma’s view on KL and Kohli’s position
“Speaking of Rahul batting at 3 or 4, I don’t know where he will bat in ODIs. Certainly, he has been in great form. We have got to see tomorrow where he actually bats. It will be either no. 3 or 4. I don’t know where the captain wants to bat. That will be the most important question“, said the 31-year-old when asked about Kohli and KL’s batting positions in the upcoming contest.
Rohit Sharma on KL Rahul and other players’ gameplay
The Hitman applauded KL Rahul’s technique and the style of play he opted in the T20i contests. At the same time, he credited the young guns of the team for their splendid performances in a recent couple of years.
“I think Rahul is a quality player. Wherever he bats he will make an impact for sure. I think he’s looking forward to this opportunity. He has waited for a long time. He certainly wants to make an impact. We have seen how good he had been batting recently. So he will be eager to go out there and make an impact“, said the Indian opener with 3 double hundreds under his name.
He further added, “It has been striking to observe the new boys come up with match-winning performances. Kuldeep, Chahal, Hardik, Rahul, Bumrah, these 5 to 6 boys have taken a lot of responsibilities in the last one year. When you see these boys performing, we felt happy to come in new, and taking up responsibility is not really easy, as we ourselves have experienced.”
Will India’s tour of England have any effect on their World Cup performance?
India’s tour of England is also quite important from the World Cup point of view. As the games would be played strictly under the English conditions, the experience of playing in the English pitches would certainly benefit the Men in Blue for next year’s contest.
“Recent England vs Australia series were really high scoring matches. We have played some good cricket in the ODIs in the last year or so, in and out of India. This tour brings in another challenge for us and sees where we stand as a team, and what we need to do to move forward”, said the Mumbaikar when asked how India could benefit from this tour for the World cup, before winding up his set of questions.
Let’s see how effective KL Rahul gets while batting at number 3 position in the upcoming ODI games.