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After the conclusion of the three-match home T20I series against Windies, the Indian team is now getting ready for their last assignment of the year – three-match ODI series against Windies. The legendary Indian leg-spinner and former Indian head coach, Anil Kumble recently talked about the Indian team for the ODI series where he also opened up about the no.4 batting position.
After winning the T20I series against the visiting team Windies (by 2-1), the home team Indian national cricket team is now focusing for the ODI series victory against Windies. The three-match ODI series will begin on this Sunday (15th December) while India and Windies will meet at Chennai. They will play the next two games of this series at Visakhapatnam and Cuttack on 18th and 22nd December respectively.
The upcoming ODI series will be India’s final cricket assignment in 2019. Since last August, India haven’t played an ODI yet. Ahead of the Chennai ODI against the Caribbean side, the former Indian captain Anil Kumble spoke about the Indian batting line-up.
The Indian team is struggling for a long time to find out the proper cricketer for the no.4 batting position in ODI cricket. Since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the Indian team management has tried out 14 different players but the search still remains continue.
I would like Shreyas Iyer to be at number four – Anil Kumble
As the left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is unavailable for the upcoming ODI series, KL Rahul is most likely to serve as an opening batsman along with the limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Anil Kumble feels that Shreyas Iyer can be a good option for the no.4 batting position in the upcoming ODI series.
Kumble told Star Sports, “With Shikhar (Dhawan) not being there it again gives KL Rahul chance to open the batting. We have seen Shreyas Iyer’s quality and he has grown in stature, so I would like him to be at number four.”
In his early international career, Shreyas Iyer has impressed with his batting performances. Since his ODI debut in December 2017, Iyer has played nine ODIs and scored 346 runs (average 49.42), including four half-centuries.
During India’s last ODI series against the home team Windies, Shreyas Iyer scored two back-to-back half-centuries. In that three-match ODI series, while he didn’t come to bat in the Providence ODI, the right-handed batsman scored 71 and 65 runs, both at the no.5 batting position.
Talking more about the upcoming ODI series, Anil Kumble also wants to see some good bowling performances from the Indian side in front of the challenging Windies batsmen.