KL Rahul should bat at number 4 in the World Cup: Gautam Gambhir
MSK Prasad had earlier cleared that Vijay Shankar will bat at the crucial middle-order slot.
Updated - May 14, 2019 1:20 pm
With Ambati Rayudu being left out of the World Cup squad, who will bat at the number four slot is the question in everyone’s mind. MSK Prasad cleared during the squad announcement that Vijay Shankar will be doing that job for the team at least at the start. But not many seem to be agreeing with the chief selector. The cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir feels that KL Rahul is the best bet for the crucial middle-order spot.
KL Rahul was tried at number four on a few occasions but the management soon looked at him as the back-up opener. He also lost his place in the ODI side only to regain it in style with some amazing form in the IPL last year. Even for the upcoming World Cup, Rahul is the back-up opener but MSK Prasad cleared that it depends on the management how they want to use him during the tournament.
He is the best suited
Gautam Gambhir though feels that KL Rahul is the best suited to that position and can also force the pace in the middle overs. He also went on to highlight Rahul’s form in the recently concluded IPL where the KXIP opener slammed 593 runs in 14 innings and ended up as the second highest run-getter.
“It is about the team management to decide but it will be very crucial to see who bats at No.4. For me, K.L. Rahul should ideally bat at that slot. He is best suited among the others – Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar. He has been in good form in the IPL and I am sure, he is going to carry that form into the World Cup,” Gautam Gambhir said while speaking to Sportstar on the sidelines of CEAT awards.
While India’s World Cup 2011 hero will be clearly rooting for the Men in Blue, he felt Australia and England are the other favourites to win the coveted title.