India’s batting spine has had a gaping hole with the deterioration of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina’s form, and now with MS Dhoni seemingly out of the picture. The Men In Blue have to find a new heir to the “cursed” No.4 spot.
KL Rahul was handed the responsibility of batting at No.4 but has failed to keep a hold of it. The right-handed batsman has also lost his test spot due to poor form. With the doors to the position yet again, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels that the spot can be taken up by either Shreyas Iyer or Manish Pandey.
“With Rohit and Shikhar at the top as the best possible opening pair, KL Rahul will be pushed. He has lost his place in Test cricket due to indifferent form and the likes of Shreyas and Manish Pandey will keep him on his toes if he wants to hold onto the No. 4 slot,” he wrote in his column for the Times Of India.
He also added that Iyer’s good outing in the 50-over format helped him get into the side for the shortest format of the game.