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To Fix The No. 4 Position For A Specific Player, We Need To Get The Balance Of The Side Correct – Saba Karim

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Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim has said that Rohit Sharma and Co. need to finalize their No.4 batter in T20Is as quickly as possible and for that Team India need to get their balance correct.

India have played several different players at the No.4 spot in T20Is and the most successful player has been Suryakumar Yadav. However, with India’s top 3 batters – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli – being all right-handers there is a need for a left-handed batter in the middle-order and for that India have played Rishabh Pant at the No.4 position in the recent past.

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Saba Karim
Saba Karim. [Photo: IANS]

During an interaction on the Sports 18 show ‘Sports Over the Top’, Saba Karim was asked whether the No. 4 situation could become troublesome for India. He replied:

“Yes, you need to sort it out as soon as possible. But to fix the No. 4 position for a specific player, we need to get the balance of the side correct. When I say this, I mean they need to pick between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant.

“Once you decide on either of these players, then it is easy to slot in Surya at No. 4. It’s up to the team management to decide what is the ideal position for Suryakumar Yadav. If the team management feels No. 4 is the ideal position for him to come in, then the rest of the batting order follows.”

Rohit Sharma prefers to have five regular bowlers plus Hardik Pandya – Saba Karim

Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

Saba Karim further said that Team India skipper Rohit Sharma prefers to have 5 proper bowling options in the team and all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, as the 6th bowler and playing Dinesh Karthik at No.7 would disturb India’s balance. He elaborated:

“India has done well with five bowlers plus Hardik Pandya as the sixth bowling option. So would you like to break that kind of a combination and get in another batter in Dinesh Karthik at No. 7. That means you will go in with Hardik Pandya as the fifth bowler who is expected to bowl four overs.

“Whatever I have seen from Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, I think he prefers to have five regular bowlers plus Hardik Pandya as their sixth bowling option. KL Rahul being the vice-captain, I look at him as an opener with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli at No. 3 and Suryakumar Yadav at No. 4.”

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