Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes India could consider taking part in the batting list in the fourth Test at The Oval. The visitors lost their way after a collapse in the middle order in their second innings to concede the match by an innings and 76 runs.
The weakest link in the tour so far was definitely the brittle middle and lower order of India. The trio of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane underperformed, exposing the weakness in the team.
Rishabh pants, India’s goalkeeper batsman who comes in at number 6 started but could not continue. He was in a dilemma, not knowing if he had to trust his defense or want to play the attacking game. As a result, India could be forced to add a new batsman, according to Sunil Gavaskar.
“I think they will consider whether they will continue with this set-up or make-up from the side. Whether it’s going well with five bowlers or changing it or bringing in an extra batsman for a bowler,The 72-year-old showed.
Aside from the openings KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, an Indian batsman rarely looked comfortable after the fold. There are also opinions flying around that believe that Ravindra Jadeja is underutilized as he constantly sees playing with the tail.
Virat Kohli’s opinion differs from that of Sunil Gavaskar
During the press conference after the match of the Headingley Test, Virat Kohli was of the opinion that an extra batsman could have no influence if the first six did not get enough runs on the board.
“I have never believed in that balance. We have played a draw in the past with the same number of batsmen in the team. So, if your top six or seven do not do the job, that extra batter is no guarantee to save you every time,”Meen Kohli.
However, Kohli also hinted at the possibility of letting a player rest. The bowlers need to be alternated in a long drawn out series so that the team management along with the captain will decide for himself after a conversation with the player.