Aakash Chopra favors Shreyas Iyer for number 4 slot in the Indian T20I team
The Indian national cricket team has a pretty good team with good squad depth in every department. But, it's the number 4 slot that has given a lot of trouble to management recently.
The Indian cricket team has failed to find a decent number 4 for the team. After Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh retired from International cricket, the Indian cricket team and selectors could not find a proper replacement.
However, in the most recent times, Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals' captain Shreyas Iyer has performed well in that position, and experts believe Shreyas Iyer should continue to play in that number 4 slot in the limited-overs cricket.
And the latest to add to that is a former cricketer and now analyst Aakash Chopra. With the T20 World Cup coming this year, Aakash Chopra stated on his YouTube channel that if Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul open the inning and Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant plays 5th and 6th while Virat Kohli coming in at number 3, then number 4 is the only slot left, and there could be competition between Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer for that position.
Who will bat at number 4- Shreyas Iyer, Yadav or Pandey?
With the Indian senior team in England getting ready for the white ball series, a second-string team is away at Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series, which includes T20. And Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey are part of that team, and Shreyas Iyer out because of injury. So if both Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav perform well in the Sri Lanka series, Shreyas Iyer's position in the team could be in danger.
However, many fans and experts believe that Manish Pandey won't make it to the Indian cricket team for the T20 World Cup unless he has an extraordinary T20 series in Sri Lanka and then in the 2nd phase of the Indian Premier League.
But, Suryakumar Yadav could potentially be a threat to Shreyas Iyer for that number 4 slot. The Mumbai Indians batsman enjoyed an outstanding debut for the Indian team against England earlier this year.