India is the No 1 team in the world in the One-day international format and if we have to pick one weakness in this Indian team setup, it has to be the no.4 slot in the batting department.
They have tried many players in the past but none did well to hold on to the spot as their own and it is high time that someone stepped up to the challenge, since this position is very crucial in the middle overs of an One Day International.
The only good thing is that there are plenty of limited overs matches lined up before the start of the 2019 World Cup and some of the players can still be experimented for that role.
#1 MS Dhoni
If India has any chance of winning the World Cup, there has to be some significant contribution from the veteran. He is not the same Dhoni as he is used to be in his prime and he is now more suited to play in the middle overs than at the death. His finishing prowess has slowed down big time and it is time the team finds a successor to him.
He has played in the coveted no.4 position in the past and has done well compared to others in recent times. Moreover, with his experience, he can guide through the middle overs and help the finishers at the end overs.
#2 KL Rahul
This Asia Cup is a perfect opportunity for Rahul to cement a place for himself in the One day squad for the upcoming World Cup. A talented batsman as him should be playing in every game for his country but inconsistency is the main cause of worry for the team management.
He started off well but fell away in the limited overs format and this is an ideal opportunity to repay the faith post on him by the selectors.
In the Asia Cup he may bat at No.3 in the absence of Kohli and it can be a blessing in disguise for the Karnataka batsman to score big.
#3 Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane has had a forgettable last year or so in Test cricket, but his record in the One-day format in the same period has been very good. He has currently not been picked in the squad for the Asia Cup but there are enough games to be played from now till the mega event.
Rahane will definitely get a look in before the World Cup starts in the ODI series in Australia, where the ball swings and he can be a fulcrum in the batting order. As far as white ball cricket is concerned and he has improved his rate of scoring runs significantly over the years, which was a major reason why captains hesitated to select him before.
#4 Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu by the look of things will be the one who will most probably be batting at no.4 for India in this Asia Cup and in the near future too if he is able to continue his rich vein of form from the IndiaN Premier League and the recently concluded Quadrangular Series.
Rayudu has had a good career thus far in the brief time that he has been in the Indian team and he is now making a comeback with a hope of representing India at the World Cup. For that, he should be a good bat at no.4 for the Indian team in this Asia Cup.