Former Australia captain Ian Chappell says that Team India will have to think beyond Ajinkya Rahane to improve the middle order.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell admitted that the current Indian team is difficult to beat but they need to improve in many aspects. One of which is the batting middle-order. Chappell suggested three cricketers who could replace vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane at number five in the Indian Test batting line-up.Also Read – IPL 2021: Jadeja, Shardul, Pujara and Moeen Ali of CSK reach Dubai without Sam Curran
Chappell said that Pant, Pandya and Jadeja could be the number five candidates in place of Rahane in the Indian XI. He said wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin can form a strong middle-order if India wants to look beyond Rahane. Also Read – IPL 2021: 5th Test cancelled, Delhi Capitals players arriving in Dubai from England
He said, “A middle order that is punished with Jadeja, Pant, Pandya and Ashwin will get you runs. The batting will also be helped by a strong attack with three fast bowlers. That’s the advantage of having a strong and balanced attack, and you don’t have to chase big scores to win.” Also Read – ‘The scary thing for other teams is there is room for some improvement in Virat’s strong team, Ashwin…’: Ian Chappell
“The easiest equation to win a Test match is for the batsmen to score early so that the bowlers have enough time to take 20 wickets,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.
“The second best thing about that middle order is that it can be changed. According to Kaushal, Pant is the best batsman in that order. He is capable of restraining the demands of the situation, so he can easily handle No. 5 especially when India bat first.
The former captain added, “However, if the team has spent a long time on the field, then he (Pant) can be sent down the order and Jadeja can be sent up. Pandya also had the ability to play at number five and with the right encouragement, he can fit into that role.”