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CWC 2019: Five areas of concern in the Indian squad

Ayuj Aryan
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
21 Apr 2019, 09:03 IST

#2 Lack of a genuine batsman at the crucial No. 4 spot

Vijay Shankar has had a horrendous season with the bat in IPL 2019
Vijay Shankar has had a horrendous season with the bat in IPL 2019

If we look at the past, then Virat Kohli was India's No. 4 batsman when India last won a World Cup in 2011. Undoubtedly, there is no doubt over Vijay Shankar's all-round abilities, but choosing him as your No. 4 (a spot which is a genuine batting spot) seems a bit questionable. More importantly, his performance in this IPL this year has been forgettable.

Shankar has never played in England, nor has he any experience of playing at this spot. Yes, India has MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, and KL Rahul as the backups for this position, but we can't ignore that the latter two haven't enjoyed a good run of form in international cricket.

If India would have chosen Rishabh Pant or Ambati Rayadu as the No. 4, then they could have had a better structured batting line-up.

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