Harbhajan Singh backs Sanju Samson as India’s number four; Yuvraj Singh doesn’t quite agree
Samson scored 91 runs recently against South Africa A in Thiruvananthapuram.
Updated - Oct 2, 2019 3:57 pm
Team India’s number four conundrum has turned out to be an everlasting one. The selectors have tried out a number of personnel, including the likes of Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar and even Rishabh Pant. However, none has been able to cement their position. In the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England and Wales, Shankar, Pant and Rahul batted at that slot.
Recently, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri iterated that Shreyas Iyer would be the side’s number four. Iyer batted at five in the ODI series versus the West Indies and churned out a couple of match-winning half-centuries. In both the games, he set up useful stand with skipper Virat Kohli. Iyer was lately a part of the India ‘A’ team for the one-day series against South Africa ‘A’.
Harbhajan Singh in favour of Sanju Samson
In the meantime, Harbhajan Singh, the legendary tweaker, feels that Sanju Samson can end India’s number four conundrum. The Kerala batsman played a gem of a knock versus South Africa ‘A’ in Thiruvananthapuram and guided his team to a thumping victory by 36 runs. Samson notched 91 runs off 48 balls with the help of six boundaries and seven massive hits into the stands.
For quite some time, even former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has been iterating that Samson is the best for number four. Now, Harbhajan is impressed by the technique with which he racked up the match-winning innings.
Bhajji took to Twitter and wrote, “Why not @IamSanjuSamson at number 4 in odi.. with good technique and good head on his shoulders.. well played today anyways against SA ,”
Here is Harbhajan’s tweet
Why not @IamSanjuSamson at number 4 in odi.. with good technique and good head on his shoulders.. well played today anyways against SA A
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 6, 2019
However, Yuvraj Singh, who retired a few months ago, came up with a different opinion. As per the southpaw, India don’t need a number four batter. Yuvraj replied to Harbhajan’s tweet and wrote “Top order is very strong bro they don’t need no 4 batsman,” followed by a laughing emoticon.
Here is Yuvraj Singh’s reply
Top order is very strong bro they don’t need no 4 batsman ????
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 6, 2019
Vikram Rathour, who replaced Sanjay Bangar as India’s head coach, also sounded determined about finding the answer to the number four problem. “It is not just about the World Cup. It is one slot (we must look at). The middle-order in one-day is not doing well and we must, of course, sort it out,” Rathour, also a former Indian cricketer, said.