Former Indian left-arm bowler RP Singh believes that in-form batter Suryakumar Yadav should be India’s No.4 in One-Day Internationals.
The 31-year-old hit 117 in the penultimate T20I and appeared to be an excellent fit for India’s much-debated two-down position. However, at Lord’s, Rishabh Pant batted in that position and failed to bother the scorers. Yadav entered at No. 5 and scored 27(29)
Suryakumar Yadav Should Certainly Bat At No. 4: RP Singh
RP Singh discussed to Cricbuzz before the third ODI why repeatedly shifting a batter’s place in the line-up might impair his form. He stated:
“I feel Suryakumar Yadav should certainly bat at No. 4. Rolling back to the time when Virat Kohli, who was at his best at No. 3, sometimes shuffled himself at the top of the order and sometimes Rahul played in that position. If a player is in form, then his position shouldn’t be tinkered with at that point.”
On India’s middle order woes he stated, “England have understood that they need to bat deep and need to build partnerships if a wicket falls. India might need to follow that template. You can’t just assume the runs to be scored looking at the average score on a particular ground. The weather at that point is also crucial. 300 runs are not possible in every game and both teams will be wary of that.”
On England’s playing XI for the final ODI, he said, “I don’t think there will be many changes (in batting order) made by him (Buttler). They have made clear with the same team in the second game that this is their best XI and this is their batting line-up and bowling attack. They are also known to stick to a particular approach for a long time.”