The upcoming Australia tour is going to be very challenging for team India. After team already lost Ishant Sharma with injuries from Australia tour, team India Captain Virat Kohli is due for a paternity leave after first Test on the tour.
Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first baby in January and the Indian captain will leave after the first Test in Adelaide between 17 December to 21 December. This will also be team India’s first day-night test overseas.
In his absence his deputy Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead the team in all likelihood. While team India will surely miss the captain- Kohli, it is his batting class that will be missed more on bouncy pitches of Australia. Kohli has been phenomenal at No.4 position for team India.
Though team India has talented players in Squad, it will be huge challenge for anyone to fill the skipper’s shoes. Here we will discuss a few players, who could get a look into the squad at No.4.
Hanuma Vihari: The right-handed batsman is a perfect mould for Test cricket. In his short Test career, the Andhra Pradesh batsman has shown the courage and ability to make runs in tough situations. In 9 Tests so far, he has 552 runs at 36.8. HanumaVihari might also have a greater role to play at No.6. But if Rishabh Pant finds his own and Mayank Agarwal gets a good partner in either of Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari is due for promotion.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit is another contender for a place in XI, if he gets match fit in time. Though he would like to play at his preferred opening position, No.5 or 6 won’t be a bad option for him either. With him at lower down the order and KL Rahul at the top. Team India could play a formidable top 6 comprising – Mayank, KL Rahul, Pujara, Rahane, Rohit and Hanuma Vihari.
Shubhman Gill: If management opts for trying out new blood, Shubhman Gill will be the hottest contender for a place in XI. He has excellent record in domestics with 2133 runs in 21 first-class matches at an average of 73.55. He has had an excellent IPL 2020 and will be high on confidence.
KL Rahul: If Rohit Sharma starts in first XI at top of the order, KL will be another choice at No.4. Though he has seldom batted in middle overs in Test cricket, he would like to grab every opportunity that comes on his way of sealing a spot in India’s test squad. He was the purple cap holder in IPL 2020 and middle overs will be a great place for him to bat.