Rahul, who captained Team India in the recent ODI series against South Africa, opted to bat at the top of the order in the series. It will be interesting to see his batting position once he returns to the Indian side for the second match of the upcoming ODI rubber against the West Indies.
During a discussion on India News, Rajkumar Sharma was asked about his preference for Team India's No.4 batter in ODI cricket. He responded:
"The sort of form Shikhar Dhawan has shown, it proves that he has a lot of cricket left in him. I believe if he opens along with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli plays at No.3, then KL Rahul is the most suitable choice at No.4."
The former first-class cricketer highlighted that Rahul has all the requisite skills to bat in the crucial position. Sharma explained:
"I am seeing from the World Cup perspective. You get a permanent number four batter, something which the Indian team is searching for, for a very long while. He can play the long innings, he has the temperament and the technique, he accelerates his knock, he is good at finding the singles."
KL Rahul has batted at the No.4 spot in just five of the 41 ODIs he has played to date. However, he does have a decent record at the position, having scored 160 runs at an average of 40.
"It is a very big question if KL Rahul himself wants to play at No.4" - Reetinder Sodhi
Reetinder Singh Sodhi, however, raised doubts about Rahul's willingness to bat in the middle order. The former Indian all-rounder pointed out:
"It is a very big question if KL Rahul himself wants to play at No.4 or not because we have always seen him open. He has been a success, he sees through the new ball well and if he gets his eye in, he also hits the big hundred."
"So his playing at No.4 could be in question. Rahul Dravid can think about the left-right combination but at the end of the day, you should have one guy ready in your mind. I think Shreyas Iyer, although he is infected currently, but he seems to be the frontrunner."
Rahul might prefer to open for Team India in ODI cricket. However, he might have no option but to bat down the order if the think tank opts to stick with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as the opening combination.
Q. Is KL Rahul the long-term No.4 option for Team India in ODI cricket?
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