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Friday, Oct 18, 2019

Matthew Hayden names his pick for India’s No. 4 in World Cup 2019

Matthew Hayden became the latest former cricketer to weigh in on the debate as India continue to struggle with the decision.

cricket Updated: Mar 18, 2019 18:10 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virat Kohli with M S Dhoni at a practise session.
Virat Kohli with M S Dhoni at a practise session.(ANI)

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden believes that India should stick with Ambati Rayudu as their No.4 batsman in the World Cup 2019 and said that although he admires KL Rahul, he does not see him taking that place.

“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,” Hayden was quoted as saying in the Times of India (TOI).

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Hayden became the latest former cricketer to weigh in on the debate as India continue to struggle with the decision.

Ricky Ponting, who had a storied career that saw him make 168 Test and 375 ODI appearances for the Australian national team, propped up Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer for the number 4 slot in the Indian batting line-up.

“They tried a few even during the recent Australia series. Rayudu was there, Rishabh, Shankar. They could have also have tried Shreyas Iyer. He is a very good player. He has had a great domestic season. I am excited to catch up with him. It’s an interesting conundrum; maybe, they can fit in KL Rahul in that spot”, Ponting told TOI.

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On the other hand, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has suggested a rather off-beat choice for the role - he has advocated for the inclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara in the ODI team as he believes he could be the answer for India’s perennial search for the number 4 slot.

Ganguly did concede that Pujara’s fielding could be an issue but his prowess with the bat could help India.

“See, I am going to say something that might not sound believable to many viewers and a lot of people might laugh at my suggestion. But for me, Cheteshwar Pujara should be India’s No.4 in ODIs. His fielding might be a bit weak but he is a very good batsman. I know people will be shocked by my claim but if you want a quality batsman who is better than the options India has tried of late, I think Pujara is the best choice,” Ganguly told India TV.

First Published: Mar 18, 2019 18:06 IST

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