Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has criticised coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli for not identifying a proper number 4 batsman leading into the World Cup.
“If you want a settled batting order in the World Cup, then the No. 4 has to be decided beforehand and he should be backed completely,” Gambhir said.
“No. 4 should have been a settled position by now. Virat Kohli played the 2011 World Cup at No. 4. Whoever the team management decides to back should be backed to the hilt and they should stay patient with him. It is a very important slot and you can’t have a floater at No 4 because the No. 3 and No. 4 makes the core of your middle order,” he added.
He also was not very happy with captain Kohli’s move of benching Ambati Rayudu after three mediocre innings against Australia at home.