5 IPL performers who can be the solution to India's No. 4 problem
India has struggled to find a permanent batsman at the No.4 slot and these players could prove to be the solution.
IPL fever has gripped the nation. The fans are being thoroughly entertained by some stunning cricket. Along with the international players, Indian players have also performed exceedingly well.
IPL has always been an opportunity for Indian players to showcase their talent and put their name in the reckoning for a place in the national side. Even the Indian selectors will be keenly observing performances of some players, especially middle-order batsmen.
The Indian team has tried a number of players, including Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik, at the crucial No. 4 position in the batting order, but without much success.
Even though T20 performances in IPL might not be the criteria for selection in the ODI side, with the 2019 World Cup a little over a year away, the selectors might give a chance to players who have performed in IPL.
We will look at five such players who can fill the vacant No. 4 position in the batting line-up for Team India.
#5 Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at the auction at a hefty amount of 3.4 crores, 17 times his base price. And Rana hasn't disappointed the franchise.
The Delhi batsman has played some crucial knocks for KKR this season, scoring 188 runs in eight matches at an average of 31.33 and a strike-rate of 135.25.
The most striking feature of his batting has been his ability to score runs under pressure. He can provide solidity to India's middle order and can also provide the option of a left-handed batsman.
Rana can also roll his arm over to bowl some part-time spin bowling.