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Why Rohit Sharma is the solution for India's number 4 woes

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76.22K   //    14 Feb 2018, 16:24 IST

Rohit is off-colour in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa
Rohit was off-colour in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa before he scored a ton in the fifth ODI

The Indian ODI side has been dominant against all the oppositions they have faced over the last 18 months. The Men in Blue have made sure that they go into the 2019 World Cup as one of the pre-tournament favourites.

One of the main reasons behind the Indian juggernaut in the format of late is having a specialist for every single position to have almost all the bases covered.

Having said that, there is just one concern for the Men in Blue going into the 2019 World Cup: the inconsistent middle order, especially the number four slot that has been haunting Virat Kohli and co. for a while.

Though the management tried out a handful of batsmen, none of them was given a long enough rope because they failed to meet the demands for the number 4 spot.

One name they are yet to try at that position is Rohit Sharma. Playing Rohit at number four and making someone like Ajinkya Rahane open won't be a bad choice ahead of the 2019 World Cup as the team management is yet to find the right combination in the middle order.

Yes, Rohit's numbers are phenomenal at the top of the order and it is almost impossible to make him bat at number 4. But, if the team needs a player to bat in a different position, the player has to oblige for the betterment of the team. After all, cricket is a team game and the case shouldn't be different with Rohit.

Let us take a look at five reasons why Rohit should bat at number 4 for India ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

Note: This is irrespective of his form as an opener.

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