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Rahul is the right fit for No 5 slot in ODIs, says Manjrekar

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
March 23, 2020 16:39 IST
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IMAGE: KL Rahul had batted in the middle-order in the home ODIs against Australia in January earlier this year with success and then continued his good form in the limited-overs series in New Zealand. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes K L Rahul is most suitable for the number five position in the batting order in the ODIs but suggested that the team management must look for batsmen like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh.

 

KL Rahul had batted in the middle-order in the home ODIs against Australia in January earlier this year with success and then continued his good form in the limited-overs series in New Zealand. The Karnataka right-hander has also been keeping wickets in ODIs in the last few series.

Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs, was responding to questions from fans after he asked them "talk cricket" with him on his twitter page.

He was asked whether India should stick with Rahul at No 5 in ODIs and does he find other batsmen other than Rahul to be in that position.

To which, Manjrekar, also a known commentator, replied: "For the moment he is the right fit. But we must keep looking for a Raina and Yuvi (Yuvraj) kind of batsman when Rahul eventually moves to the top."

Yuvraj, who played 304 ODIs for India, scored 8,701 runs while Raina amassed 5,615 runs from 226 ODIs.

The former Mumbai batsman was also asked who he thinks was the right choice for number four and all-rounder's spot in the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. Manjrekar picked Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya respectively.  

Finally, Manjrekar, a domestic bulwark, also believes that the issue with Mumbai team's poor showing in domestic cricket is due to 'lack of exceptional leadership'.

41-time Ranji Trophy champions have struggled in the premier domestic competition in the last few years.

Manjrekar was asked why Mumbai Ranji team was not producing good fast bowlers and their bowling was a concern, to which he tweeted, "Mumbai Ranji cricket's issue is simple. Lack of exceptional leadership. And I don't mean only the captain of the team here."

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