Mumbai stalwart backs Gautam Gambhir for the No.4 slot in the Indian side for the World Cup 2019
Gambhir last played an ODI for India in 2013 vs England.
Updated - Oct 17, 2018 2:28 pm
India’s blue-chip stock during their surge towards glory in the 2008-09 season and Delhi’s current domestic skipper, Gautam Gambhir has been in some splendid form of late. The aggressive left-handed batsman, who was a crucial part of two of India’s most cherished moments in the history the World T20 2007 and the World Cup 2011. He has been out of the team for a while now but former Mumbai cricketer backs his claim for the No.4 spot in the ODI team ahead of World Cup 2019.
Gambhir last played an ODI for India in 2013 vs England. However, captaining Delhi in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, Gambhir has scored 490 runs in just eight innings with two centuries and a fifty to his name. He still has a drive and is motivated to continue playing the game and probably make a final comeback before hanging up his boots.
Amol Mazumdar wants Gambhir to play at 4
Counted as one of the stalwarts of Indian domestic cricket, Amol Mazumdar thinks Gambhir fits into the Indian middle-order at No.4 in ODIs. In his opinion, age is just a number for anyone to stage a comeback. He gives priority to fitness and the agility, to be considered as the sole parameters apart from an individual’s skills.
“If I take my own career as an example, I am of the firm view that age is but a number. For someone to make an entry or comeback to international cricket, there are a number of boxes to be ticked and anyone, who ticks most of those boxes, should be under consideration,” Muzumdar was quoted as saying by Mid-Day
“The hard new ball helps you get runs. But at No. 4 or lower, the ball is softer, the field is spread and you have to start afresh,” said Muzumdar.
The cricketer-turned-commentator also believes that if selectors feel there is still a possibility for Gambhir making his way back in the Indian side, then he must be talked to, for batting in the middle-order. “If they feel Gambhir still has it in him, have a quiet word and maybe the second Vijay Hazare semi-final against Jharkhand on Thursday could be when he drops down the order in an attempt to make his way back to international cricket,” he stated.