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Rahul could be an option for India at No. 4: Vengsarkar

NEW DELHI: Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar feels trying out KL Rahul at No. four is an possibility India can explore in the World Cup since he has the methodology and temperament to succeed in English stipulations.


One of Indian cricket's easiest chairman of selectors, the 'Colonel' is assured that Virat Kohli's males may have a clean journey to the semi-finals and will take it from there on.

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The quantity four position has been a bone of competition after Ambati Rayudu did not make the cut in spite of being given a longer run in the run as much as the tournament.

"We have a settled opening pair in Shikhar (Dhawan) and Rohit (Sharma). Virat Kohli is phenomenal at No 3. I feel that K L Rahul could be an option at No 4. He has the technique and can complement the top three well. I believe No 4 should be a specialist batsman," Vengsarkar mentioned.

Even even though the pitches are anticipated to be flat all through the showpiece tournament, Vengsarkar, who himself played three World Cups (1979, 1983, 1987) with two in England, felt that Rahul's methodology supplies him an advantage.

"Since he is a specialist opener, in case of early wickets, he could provide stability. Also in a long tournament, if required he can open the innings. I feel that he should be a part of playing XI," Vengsarkar mentioned about Rahul, who completed second in the IPL run-getter's listing with 593.

The 63-year-old opined that the largest advantage for India can be their revel in of playing a complete collection in the United Kingdom final year.

"In England, the weather can be fickle and that can have an effect on the performance. Adaptability will always be the key. But to Indian team's advantage, they played in England during the same time last year. We have had an exposure to those conditions and that's good thing. We should try and use it to our advantage," mentioned the member of the victorious 1983 World Cup team.

The veteran of 116 Tests and 129 ODIs may be not frightened about Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav's dip in form all through the Australia collection.

"I am sure both Chahal and Kuldeep must have worked on their game as to what went wrong against Australia. Once they get there, they must carefully assess the conditions and accordingly devise the strategy," he mentioned.

As a long way because the semi-final line-up is concerned, Vengsarkar named India, hosts England and protecting champions Australia because the favourites to reach the last-four stage.

"At this moment I can't predict about the fourth team. Yes India, England and Australia have the team to go all the way," he added.

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