On Saturday, former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale has expressed that the veteran campaigner Ajinkya Rahane deserved to bat at the number four position in India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad as he brings solidarity to the line-up.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, Team India has decided to go with Vijay Shankar in the No. 4 spot, but he failed to make a mark for himself and returned back owing to an injury. Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul were also tried but they also proved to be unsuccessful, barring Rahul who didn’t get enough chances.
Talking about the same, Jagdale said, “In my opinion, the Indian team needs a batsman like Ajinkya Rahane at number four. We have tried many options at the batting position for the past three months. We tried those batsmen who did not have a good record overseas. Rahane has always scored good runs in England.”
Variety players were tried at number four batting slot ahead of the World Cup. Ambati Rayudu was preferred was a decent amount of time, but when the WC squad was announced Vijay Shankar was named in the squad.
Shankar failed to leave a mark and later he was ruled out of the tournament due to a toe niggle. Pant replaced him in the squad. Jagdale said that both Pant and Rahane should have been given a consistent run in the ODI squad as they have a good overseas record.
Jagdale further added, “Rishabh Pant also scored a Test hundred in England. He even went on to make a Test hundred in Australia. But the ODI series against Australia, both Pant and Rahane did not feature in the series. We tried Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar. Karthik and Rayudu have been playing since 2003 but they haven’t been to establish themselves yet. I have been advocating for three months now that Rahane should be number four. Pant should have been also named in the original squad as he is the future.”
Team India’s World Cup campaign came to an end after losing the game against New Zealand by 18 runs in the semi-final. Jagdale said that the better team came out triumphant on that day and the Men in Blue did not play bad cricket.
Jagdale elaborated, “The better team won on that day. It’s not like we played bad cricket. There was a small patch where we did not execute our skills better, New Zealand bowled exceptionally well. Indian team played a good brand of cricket throughout the tournament.”