5. Shubman Gill

One of the prodigal kids of Indian cricket, Shubman Gill, has already shown that he possesses the temperament required to play at the highest level. Having performed in tough playing conditions overseas, Gill has endorsed his case of being a regular in India’s Test XI.

4. Hanuma Vihari

In his short Test career so far, Vihari has shown that he does possess the technique to make one of the most important batting positions his own. The role of a number three batter is usually to anchor the innings, which the Hyderabad batter appears to be capable of.

3. Virat Kohli

All these years, Kohli has majorly batted at four for India. However, given the experience and quality he brings, it might be a good idea to let him cover the number three slot going forward. The senior batter can take charge of the innings batting in the top order and could also anchor an inexperienced Indian middle order.

2. Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer had a rollicking start to his Test career scoring a match-defining century in his debut Test against New Zealand in Kanpur. The Mumbai batter is viewed by many as a player with special abilities and a big stage temperament. Iyer is capable of playing the long innings as well as dominating the opposition when required.

1. KL Rahul

In terms of skill set, the right-handed batter has it all covered. He is solid in defense and exquisite in his stroke play. With plenty of shots in his armory, the 28-year-old can be a brilliant number three option. The fact that India has proven backup openers in Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, India should further endorse the possibility of Rahul batting at three going ahead.