Team India has tried many players ta number 4 but couldn’t find the right player for that position. In the last two year, India have tried Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu at number 4 but didn’t give them so many chances. Team Mangement couldn’t stay with one option and tried a new player in the series. Former Indian player Yuvraj Singh said that Selectors should have understood the importance of Number 4. So he said that this was the main reason behind Team India’s world cup semi-final loss.
“You have to identify what is the best talent available and then you have to back that talent. E.g. me and Mohammad Kaif during the 2003 World Cup. Everybody was failing badly in New Zealand, but almost the same team played in the 2003 World Cup. Cut to the 2019 WC team: I was dropped, then Manish Pandey came in, then after 1-2 more players KL (Rahul) was also tried, (Suresh) Raina came back and then they went with Rayudu who played for 8-9 months and scored a 90 in NZ,” told the all-rounder to Aaj Tak.
“Before the WC, we lost to Australia and Rayudu had a bad tournament and suddenly Vijay Shankar came in. The selectors should have understood the importance of the No. 4 position, especially in England. Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant didn’t have that experience. Dinesh Karthik was an experienced guy but was sitting out and suddenly goes to bat in the semis. So I really didn’t understand the thinking. I think that was the main reason why India didn’t win the WC. I thought India and England were the best teams and there is no reason that India shouldn’t have played the final,” added Yuvraj.