Sourav Ganguly Comes Up With Unexpected Name To End India’s No 4 Woes
At a time when India are desperately trying to figure out whether to stick with Ambati Rayudu or try out anyone else at the number four spot in the upcoming World Cup, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has came up with an unexpected name.
The number four spot has been a major area of concern for the team for quite some time now. It is the link between the top-order and the lower middle-order and the right man needs to occupy it in order to keep the balance of the playing XI intact. But while India’s top-order has been in red-hot form for quite some time now, the number four spot has given the team-management a big headache.
The Indian camp has been experimenting extensively since the second half of last year but without much success. Going back to the Sri Lankan tour in July-August in 2017 till the recently-concluded series against Australia, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and most recently Ambati Rayudu were tried at that position but without much success.
Since returning to the team during last year’s Asia Cup, Rayudu has not managed to deliver consistently. In fact, he was also dropped twice against Australia while his scores in the other three games were 13, 18 and 2. With not much time left before the World Cup, Sourav Ganguly has now suggested India could try out Cheteshwar Pujara at the number four spot.
“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 off late, I think Pujara is the best choice,” Sourav Ganguly told India TV.
Pujara, who played last of his five ODIs in 2014, is in superb form right now. He was India’s highest run-scorer in the Test series in Australia, scoring 521 runs. The right-hander then stunned one and all by showing he can deliver in T20s too. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored his maiden T20 ton and followed it up with knocks of 68, 42 not out and 39 not out.
Ganguly further said that Pujara might be able to fill in the shoes of another legend Rahul Dravid in the Indian one-day side.
“I believe Pujara has the capability to perform the role that Rahul Dravid used to for India in ODIs earlier. But this would have been my decision and I know a lot of people won’t agree with me on this. Sometimes, you need solidity in one-day cricket and Pujara provides you with that in ample measure. Especially, when your top 3 batsmen are so capable and are scoring a mountain of runs,” said Ganguly.
Meanwhile, the upcoming World Cup will start on May 30. India, on the other hand, will open their campaign on June 5 against South Africa.
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