Indian cricket team had one biggest problem in their batting department, which is No.4 batsmen. This was one of the controversial as well as most debated topics from few years.
Ravi Shastri was recently reappointed as the head coach of India for the next two years till 2021 T20 world cup.
Shastri feels he has picked the right player to bat at No.4. Let’s see what Shastri has to say “One of the areas we concentrated on over the last two years was to blood as many youngsters as possible. Shreyas Iyer, for instance, he is going to stay at No. 4,”.
Yes, Shastri was talking about Shreyas Iyer Delhi Capitals Skipper and was one of the finest Indian batsmen in limited-overs cricket. In the recent ODI series between West Indies Iyer did not bat No.4 but he was batting at No.5 and scored a beautiful knock of 71 runs in 65 balls.
Earlier Rishabh Pant was chosen to bat at No.4 but he had failed in many occasion and failed to grab the opportunities.
Shastri also went to suggest that more youngsters will be tried in the Indian limited-overs sides in the coming days. “Bench strength is everything if we’re looking at things from a long-term perspective. That constant flow of fresh, young talent has to be there. Be it Rishabh or Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep, Hardik, Mayank, Shankar – they’re there, constantly raising their hands up. That kind of a pool does wonders when the only objective is to ensure you don’t end up with, let’s say, any kind of deadwood,”.
Even the India team skipper has his say on Iyer – “He understood the value of performing in these situations. The way he (Shreyas Iyer) batted out there, he took a lot of pressure off me. His knock was the game-changer. We want to have people take responsibility at different batting positions. But he certainly presented a strong case for himself. He completely played in full control and was putting pressure on the bowlers,”.