Virender Sehwag puts his weight behind KL Rahul: One of the biggest issues Indian cricket has faced in the last two and a half years is ‘who will bat at which position?’. Many cricket pundits and fans believe that lack of surety regarding the batting order is one of the biggest reasons why India couldn’t win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Throughout the tournament, we saw India’s think-tank make changes in the batting order and even from the outside, it was evident that players were confused about their roles and position in the batting order.
Recently, former Indian cricketer and now a cricket commentator, Virender Sehwag also spoke about this issue and appealed to the team management and Indian captain Virat Kohli to fix KL Rahul’s position in the batting order. Sehwag, while appearing on Cricbuzz said that even if KL Rahul fails to score runs at the number 5 position, the team management shouldn’t get too worried and keep playing at the same spot.
Virender Sehwag cited the example of MS Dhoni and said that he knew how to back his players. Viru also said that Dhoni had an eye for talent and he could identify individuals who could take Indian cricket forward.
“If KL Rahul fails four times batting at No.5, the current Indian team management will look to change his slot. However, the same wasn’t the case with Dhoni, who knew how important it is to back players at such positions, having himself gone through the hard grind. With MS Dhoni as captain, there was greater clarity with regards to each player’s position in the batting unit. He had an eye for talent and had identified individuals who would take Indian cricket forward,” Virender Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
“With the top-order finding it easier for a while in limited-overs cricket, it is those in the middle-order who need backing from a captain. If you don’t give players time, how else will they learn and become big players? I myself batted in the middle-order before opening and made a lot of mistakes, which even resulted in the team’s losses. But you don’t become a big player sitting outside on the bench. Players need time,” Virender Sehwag added.