Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour identifies players perfectly suited for middle order

Vikram Rathour was roped in as batting coach following Sanjay Bangar's inability to solve middle-order crises.
Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour identifies players perfectly suited for middle orderVikram Rathour's first assignment as batting coach will be the upcoming series against South Africa. (Photo: BCCI)
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Team India performance in the 2019 World Cup was exceptional except for their semifinal defeat against New Zealand. The middle-order which was untested throughout the tournament was left exposed in the semifinal leading for team ouster. Newly appointed Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour has acknowledged that the middle-order has not been able to perform in limited-overs cricket and that's something which he will look to sort out in the coming days.

The number 4 position is debatable and to solve the crisis the BCCI has now roped in former selector Vikram Rathour as batting coach in place of Sanjay Bangar. Bangar was been shown the door following his failure to solve the No 4 issue and looks like the new batting coach might have just solved the issue. 

"It is not just about the World Cup. It is one slot (we must look at). The middle-order in one-day is not doing well and we must, of course, sort it out," Rathour said about the much-debated No.4 slot while speaking to bcci.tv.

"Shreyas Iyer has done well in the last couple of games and we also have Manish Pandey. These two guys have done very well in domestic cricket and with India A. These are the batters who are capable of doing the job and I have no doubt about it in my mind."

Iyer batted at number five during the recently-concluded ODI series in the West Indies and scored 71 and 65 in the two innings he played and impressed both head coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.

"It is a matter of getting it right at the top level. We need to back them and provide them with the right preparations so that they can be there for a longer time. They have enough talent in them to do well," said Rathour.

In test matches, the team has failed to find a solution to their opening woes. While KL Rahul failed to deliver, Mayank Agarwal did try to solve the problem. Rahul managed scores of 44, 38, 13 and 6 in four innings in the Caribbean islands. He hasn't managed a 50+ score since his 149 against England at the Oval 12 innings back.

"The other area of concern is the opening partnership in Tests. We have options and there is healthy competition. We need to find a way for them to be more consistent," said Rathour.

Rathour's first assignment as batting coach will be the upcoming series against South Africa, which will see India play three T20Is and as many Tests, beginning September 15.

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