Kirmani's first pick for the No 4 spot is Kedar Jadhav, but the latter's presence in the World Cup is uncertain, the former cricketer picks Ambati Rayudu.
Jadhav hurt his shoulder while fielding against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on May 5 and left the field immediately not to return.
The Rajasthan Royals (RR) player has even impressed former West Indian captain Brian Lara.
Rayudu was being backed as India’s probable No.4 batsman for the upcoming WC but his poor form in 2019 eventually saw him losing the race to newcomer Vijay Shankar.
It's important to have back up players for a showpiece event like ICC World Cup 2019.
On the contrary, Vijay Shankar brings things to the table which Rayudu misses.
Gill broke into Indian team a couple of months ago against New Zealand. But, things didn't go his way.
The chief selector MSK Prasad opines that Vijay Shankar can come in handy for all three dimension — batting, bowling and fielding.
Rahul inclusion as a reserve player strengthens the bench as well and will be a boost to the playing XI.
Gavaskar opines Rahul is supposed to be consistent like Kohli.