Most successful No. 3 batsmen for India in ODIs
A brief look at the most successful ODI batsmen, who have played at number 3 position for a significant part of their career.
Batting at the number 3 slot in any match is a big gamble in itself. You could end up facing the second ball of the innings or wait for almost 25 overs more to face your first delivery. Along with the batsman that immediately follows them at No.4, they have the utmost responsibility of providing stability to the team and keeping the scoreboard ticking at the same time. The position that has been holy grail of all time greats like Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Jacques Kallis is now the permanent batting slot for modern greats like Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith.
India, over the years, has produced some of the best batsmen who have batted at number 3 in One Day Internationals. With Virat Kohli continuing that lineage, we take a look at India's most successful batsmen at the number 3 slot.
#6 Gautam Gambhir
In 48 of his 143 ODI innings, the Delhi opener came in to bat at the loss of the first wicket and scored a total of 1810 runs at an average of 42.09. Gambhir's batting at number 3 was the brightest spot in India's 2011 World Cup victorious squad, where he played arguably the best innings of his ODI career - 97 in the World Cup finals against Sri Lanka. Although he has been out of the Indian team for quite some time now, Gambhir was a reliable batsman during his prime.