Indian captain Virat Kohli will be missing the last three Tests of the 4th match Border Gavaskar Trophy to be with his wife Anushka Sharma during the birth of their first child.
It is a major concern for the management to find the batsman who can potentially fill in Virat’s shoes in the purest format of the game.
It is almost confirmed that India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will don the captain hat in the last three Tests in the absence of Kohli, but there are various speculations on who would come to bat at Number 4 after Kohli’s departure.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar also stated his stand on this matter. Saying that the stand-in captain Rahane can come out to bat at Number 4.
Gavaskar revealed that Rahane would be willing to bat at Number 4 in Virat Kohli’s absence. While KL Rahul or youngster Shubman Gill can get a chance to play at Number 5 for India in whites.
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“Virat’s obviously there only for the first Test then you’d expect Rahane to take over (as captain) but they (India) have to find someone to bat at No.4. Who do you expect to take that No.4 spot?” – Ponting asked Gavaskar during the discussion on 7 Cricket.
“It looks to me it could be KL Rahul. Or no, actually I think Rahane will go at No.4 once Virat goes away. Then you might have Rahul bat at No.5 or Shubman Gill,” the former India captain added.
KL was included in the Test squad after looking at his spectacular performance in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). While last appearance in the whites for India came in August last year.
Gill, on the other hand, is yet to make his debut for India in the longest format. Looked in good form in the second practice game against Australia A as he slammed 43 and 65 runs, respectively across two innings.
(With Input From CricTracker)