Number Four Batsman Needs Experience in World Cup – Yuvraj Singh
India’s talisman batsman Yuvraj Singh believes the experience is going to play a key role for the number four batsman in the World Cup. In fact, Ambati Rayudu had the experience under his belt and he was deemed to India’s number four in the ODI showpiece. However, Rayudu could not find his place in the World Cup team. Subsequently, Vijay Shankar or KL Rahul is expected to bat at number four position.
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh had himself batted at number four in the 2011 World Cup. He had scored 362 runs and had scalped 15 wickets and he was awarded the Player of the Tournament. Thus, Yuvraj had good experience under his belt as he had made his debut in 2000.
Who would bat for India at number four?
On the other hand, Yuvraj Singh believes that the team has a couple of option for the number four position. Yuvraj Singh stated the number four position is going to be critical for the team.
“That question you need to ask the selectors, not me. All I can say is that No 4 is a very important position and I am sure they have selected the team thinking about the whole competition. We have to find who is batting at No 4, I am sure there are a couple of options, we just have to wait and watch.”
Meanwhile, the 2011 World Cup hero believes that it would be crucial to handle the pressure with aplomb. There would be crunch situations and the pressure of the World Cup will also add up. Thus, it is imperative to keep one’s head in the right space.
“The thing for me is that when you go back you need experience for whatever number you are batting. All five positions are very important. The conditions are going to be different, so I think it’s how you manage yourself under pressure. You will be put under pressure because the best teams in the world are playing. How the guys handle pressure in crunch situations is actually going to show the character of the team.”
It would be interesting to note who India would back to bat at number four position. By the look of things, it could be the inexperienced Vijay Shankar. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder has scored 165 runs in the eight matches he has played for the India National Cricket Team.
Furthermore, the right-hander is not in the best of forms while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Shankar has thus far scored 192 runs in the 12 matches of the season at a mundane average of 19.2.