New Delhi: With the injury of Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian batting order may be weakened in the fourth and final Test match. In such a situation, the team management may try Wriddhiman Saha as the wicketkeeper while Rishabh Pant as a specialist batsman. India can also accompany Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw as specialist batsmen for the final Test.
Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav and Lokesh Rahul have returned home before injuries before Vihari, Jadeja and Ashwin. Virat Kohli has also returned home due to the birth of his first child. In the absence of all this, India’s lineup does not look right. Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma will start the innings while Cheteshwar Pujara will bat at number three and captain Ajinkya Rahane at number four.
But who will be at number five is not decided. Hanuma, who usually batted at number five, was sent to bat at number six on the final day of the third Test. Pant replaced him at number five in his place. The way Pant batted at number five, Pant can play as a batsman at number one, while Saha can play at number six.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said on Monday that India should play Pant, who scored 97 runs in the second innings of the third Test, as a batsman and wicketkeeping from Wriddhiman Saha. The former captain said, if they (India) feed another batsman, they can play well at number five. With this, Pant can bat at number six and Saha at number seven.