ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Kris Srikkanth asks for inclusion of Rishabh Pant as No 4 batsman in Indian side

World Cup winner Krishnamachari Srikkanth has praised India captain Virat Kohli for his record-breaking feats but says the rest of the batting line-up needs to get its act together.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 28, 2019 19:23:34 IST

London: World Cup winner Krishnamachari Srikkanth has praised India captain Virat Kohli for his record-breaking feats but says the rest of the batting line-up needs to get its act together.

Unbeaten India are cruising towards the semi-finals, with five wins from six games plus one washout.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Kris Srikkanth asks for inclusion of Rishabh Pant as No 4 batsman in Indian side

File image of Kris Srikkanth. Reuters

"To reach 20,000 (international) runs quicker than any man before him is a fantastic achievement but his true greatness lies in his adaptability," Srikkanth wrote of Kohli in a column for the International Cricket Council.

"The captain can play every role for his team, across every format."

But the former opener said the concern was that the batting was "slightly the Virat Kohli show", following four consecutive 50s from the skipper.

"At the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has not fired the last couple of times, and that means KL Rahul needs to do more," he said.

"He has made some fantastic starts but then got himself out -- he will know better than anyone that he must convert those starts into big scores. Everyone knows he is capable of doing it, he has done it before and will need to correct his course.

"In the middle-order, Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav have yet to really convince. I think it’s fair to say that their approach needs some fine-tuning."

Srikkanth, who won the World Cup with India in 1983, said he would consider putting Rishabh Pant, who replaced the injured Shikhar Dhawan in the squad, in at number four.

"They have brought him over here now, he is ready to go and, most importantly, he has played in England before so understands the conditions."

Srikkanth praised India's bowling attack.

"Mohammed Shami has come in and been a real wicket-taker -- the same guy who was so impressive at the last Cricket World Cup four years ago.

"And the best news of all is that the wrist spinners are coming to the party.

"As this tournament reaches the business end, they are going to be more and more important and Kohli will be so pleased with how they are performing."

Srikkanth said India's next game, on Sunday against England, was the biggest game of the World Cup so far.

"They (India) come into the game unbeaten and will be desperate to keep it that way while England are in "must-win" territory now.

"India can afford to lose, but they won’t want to -- carrying that positive mindset into the semi-finals is absolutely crucial.

"Look at Australia, they have wrestled back momentum, Pakistan are peaking at just the right time, it is now or never for England.

"I think the toss is going to be absolutely vital -- the captain that calls correctly, bats first and puts a score on the board will be the winning one when all is said and done.

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Updated Date: Jun 28, 2019 19:23:34 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254