Tue. May 21st, 2024

Former Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag believes that Shreyas Iyer has solidified his position in the playing XI for the Cricket World Cup 2023 after his outstanding century against Australia in the recently-concluded ODI series. Sehwag has chosen Iyer to bat at No. 4 for India, based on his impressive performance. Additionally, Sehwag has selected KL Rahul to bat at No. 5 and all-rounder Hardik Pandya to bat at No. 6 at the World Cup. As a result, he has stated that both Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have missed out due to the form of the other established batters.

Sehwag explained, “At No. 6 and 7 KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya will be there. So Suryakumar won’t be there at either of those positions. There is No. 5 though. But if Hardik Pandya is your sixth bowler then Rahul will bat at No. 5, and Hardik at No. 6, then comes the bowlers. We thought Ishan Kishan could fit in somewhere in the line-up, but that hundred which Shreyas Iyer scored, if he plays at No. 4 then it will be Iyer, Rahul and Hardik at No. 4, 5 and 6 respectively,” Sehwag said during an interaction on Cricbuzz.

However, Sehwag also mentioned that if a slot opens up in the Indian cricket team’s middle-order, Kishan will be preferred due to the lack of left-handed batting options in the side at the moment.

“Now it depends on how India look at this combination, whether they feel Hardik will certainly bowl 10 overs because that will give India an extra bowler. So then Suryakumar cannot fit in there and even if there is a slot, then Ishan should be picked ahead because he is a left-hander,” he added.

India’s first match in the Cricket World Cup 2023 is scheduled against Australia on October 8.

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