India ODI captain Rohit Sharma admits No. 4 has been an issue ‘for a long time’

It’s a debate that doesn’t seem to be resolved before or after the 2019 World Cup, and is in serious danger of India’s No. 4 conundrum moving forward. 2023 world cup Very. Unlike last time, when the selectors had a late change of mind regarding personnel, this time injuries have played a key role in destabilizing India a bit.

this is an issue Rohit SharmaThe India captain is conscious of being out of action for less than two months before the team’s tournament opener against Australia in Chennai. Of particular concern to him is that after Yuvraj Singh, “no one has come and established himself” for the No. 4 spot.

“Look, No. 4 has been an issue for us for a long time,” Rohit said at an event in Mumbai to announce the new La Liga season. “For a long time, Shreyas (Iyer) has really batted at No. 4 and he has done well – his figures are really good.

“There were a lot of guys who came in and out. But injuries kept them away or they were not available or someone lost form. Shreyas and KL (Rahul) haven’t been playing anything for four months, big injuries, surgeries. Instead of. Both of them had surgeries. I know, I had to undergo surgery once and how it feels after that, it’s quite difficult. We have to see how they react, what they do.”

Of Iyer’s 38 ODI innings, 20 have come at No. 4, in which he has scored 805 runs at an average of 47.35, including two centuries and five half-centuries. But he has been battling injuries and has not played any form of cricket since March this year, when a back injury turned serious which required surgery and made him miss the IPL.

“Unfortunately, injuries have troubled him a bit; he has been out for a while and to be honest, that’s what has happened in the last four-five years,” Rohit said. “A lot of these guys have been injured and you’ll always see a new player come in there and play.

“The percentage of injuries in the last four-five years has been huge. When players get injured or are not available, you try to do different things with different players – I think about No. 4. This is what has to be said.”

India have tried 11 players at No. 4 in ODIs since the 2019 World Cup. Iyer is one of only two – Rishabh Pant is the other – who has batted at this position more than 10 times. India will definitely miss Pant as he is recovering from several injuries, while the new players enjoy Suryakumar Yadav And sanju samson It has become difficult to cement your place in ODI.

Suryakumar recently admitted that his ODI number “really bad“And he has taken it seriously, working on a formula to be successful in 50-over cricket.

“He’s been working really hard, and he’s been talking to a lot of guys who have played a lot of ODI cricket about what kind of attitude and mindset one should have,” Rohit said of Suryakumar. “It is important to give a batsman like him extra games so that he can get the rhythm and gain confidence. The way he started the IPL this year, he did not have too many runs in the first four-five games. But Look what he did after that.

“For a player like him, it is our job to create such a situation and scenario: ‘It’s okay, if you don’t perform well in two-three matches, we have no problem (with it), but when you are bad. Let’s go, we know you will win the game outright.

“That’s what he did 3rd t20i (Against West Indies), the batsmen at the top got out and for Surya to go and bat like that, it’s a different format. But we also have to see how long we can continue this (keeping Suryakumar at No. 4 in ODIs).”

Looking forward to the Asia Cup.While India will open their tournament against Pakistan on September 2, Rohit talked about his desire to win as well as the need to answer “a lot of questions”. The name of India’s team has not been decided yet and the selectors will also keep an eye on how Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna perform. in Ireland In three T20Is starting on August 18.

As things stand, a squad of around 20 players is likely to assemble in Bengaluru for a conditioning camp at the NCA before leaving for the Asia Cup. Rohit said, “We will see, we want to win but at the same time there are many questions which we need answers to.” “But in the Asia Cup, I want to see some players bat under pressure against quality teams.

“I still want to see those things, so we’ll wait and see what happens, but it’s always good to have a lot of names rather than just one or two. I hope they fit in over time – First of all, this is the most important.”

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