Sunil Gavaskar weighs in on batting positions of Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer
When the Indian selectors announced India’s squad for the World Cup, they picked Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu. Chief selector MSK Prasad reasoned that they were seeing Shankar as a solid option for the number 4 position. However, the Tamil Nadu-all-rounder was injured and hence, this paved the way for Rishabh Pant, who was drafted into the side as a specialist batsman for the number 4 position.
However, the conundrum remained in the middle-order and India were ousted from the World Cup. This then prompted the selectors to opt for Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer as the two options for the middle order for the West Indies your.
In the second match of the ODI series, India lost two quick wickets, but instead of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant walked in which was slightly befuddling.
Now, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that he sees Pant more as the successor to MS Dhoni and hence, the management should use him more as a finisher.
“In my view, Rishabh Pant is much better like an MS Dhoni at 5 for 6 as a finisher because that’s where his natural game and natural flair will come into play,” Sunil Gavaskar told the host broadcasters.
Gavaskar, however, was quick to add that the batting order should be flexible and the middle order should be decided depending upon the start the side gets.
“If India get to a great start with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batting for 40-45 overs, then Pant at No. 4. But if it’s a question of batting for 30-35 overs, then I think it should be Shreyas Iyer at No. 4 and Pant at No. 5,” he added.
The former Indian skipper praised the temperament shown by Iyer and said that the young man grabbed his opportunity and it was a good situation to bat in since the captain kept taking the pressure off him which allowed him to settle down.
“He has grabbed his opportunity. He came at No. 5. He had plenty of overs. He had the company of his skipper, Virat Kohli. Nothing quite like it because the skipper takes the pressure off you. “The best place to learn in cricket is the non-striker’s end. That’s what Shreyas Iyer was doing with Virat Kohli at the other end,” he added.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- India vs England: The Indian team management faces a problem of plenty going into the five T20I against England starting Friday.
- Padikkal sent a strong message to the national selectors before England ODIs as he slammed his fourth consecutive List A ton.
- The rise of youngsters has been instrumental in India registering back-to-back Test series wins, and for that Ganguly reckons, Dravid has had an immense role to play.
- India vs England: It was a knock that snatched the advantage away from England.
- The extent of the damage is unknown at the moment but Chris Silverwood, the England head coach, has informed that Jofra Archer’s injury is being looked into.
- Virat Kohli and his men crushed Joe Root's team to win the series 3-1 and also qualified for the final of the maiden World Test Championship. Here is a look at our report card of Team India in this series.