Former Australia player Matthew Hayden has backed Ambati Rayudu at the no. 4 position in the Indian batting line up.
India has been in search of a stable no. 4 batsman for quite some time now. Moreover, captain Virat Kohli too said that they are more or less sure about the team apart from one spot. He didn’t mention clearly which spot he was talking about but it’s an open secret now that India doesn’t have a stable batsman for the position. Moreover, coach Ravi Shastri also hinted that captain himself could be pushed to the fourth slot.
“As a side, combination wise, we are pretty sorted. Maximum one change, you’ll get to see in the World Cup. As a side, we’re balanced. Hardik Pandya will come back to the team. With him, there’s batting depth, and bowling option opens up. We know where we have to go as a combination. The XI is clear in our head. We just have to take better decisions in pressure situations to go far in the World Cup,” said captain Virat Kohli.
Over the years, India has tried many batsmen in that position. Ambati Rayudu, however, is the best choice among them. He has batted at the place in 14 innings and has scored a century and two fifties but didn’t get the chance to play in the last two ODIs against Australia.
Virat Kohli came in at four in the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali while Rishabh Pant was promoted to that slot in the decider at Kotla but both the times’ result was not impressive.
While speaking to IANS, Mathew Hayden said that for him, Rayudu was the best choice for the slot.
“Rayudu is my man. I can’t believe India is even questioning that. For so long, he has been so good. I don’t know why they are questioning, maybe because you need to speak about something before the World Cup. I don’t see Rahul taking that slot as much as I admire him. His time will come and if anything he is more of a stand-by opener for me as opposed to the number four slot,” he explained.
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