India’s World Cup squad: Manjrekar believes that batting on England pitches will not be easy for any Indian player. At present, the players’ focus is more on T-20 matches, due to which they fail to bat with consistency.
World Cup 2019, Vijay Shankar: Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar believes that during the World Cup, the Indian team can rely on young all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Sanjay, who became a commentator from the cricketer, said, “The manner in which Vijay Shankar has performed for some time, he is a creditor. However, he could not maintain consistency in his performance. “In his column of ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar wrote about the consistent use of Team India on number four,” India is still uncertain about its No. 4 batsman. India should have set up a player at this number so far and it will happen only after the Indian team has been working to give a consistent chance to any player on this number since the Asia Cup. Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav could have been India’s number four and five batsmen, but they did not get the opportunity to play on this number consistently and failed to achieve that goal.
He further wrote, “Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Raidu and the rest of the team never performed a worthwhile display of confidence in the mind of the selectors. On the numbers four and five we have the hassle of continuity and competence with all the options we have seen. The World Cup is in England and white balls are not available in the straight line. This is where I am concerned about all these candidates. “According to Manjrekar, the Indian team changed the number four to a few more times during the last few days.
Manjrekar believes that batting on England pitches will not be easy for any Indian player. At present, the players’ focus is more on T-20 matches, due to which they fail to bat with consistency. Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik are going through this problem. The Indian team will participate in the World Cup with a weak middle order.