January 16, 2021

‘Who’ll bat at 4 when Kohli goes’: Ricky Ponting warns Ajinkya Rahane earlier than taking on as India captain in Virat’s absence – cricket



Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting believes there will likely be added stress on Ajinkya Rahane when he steps as much as lead India in Virat Kohli’s absence within the final three Assessments towards Australia.

“India will really feel that with out Kohli there (for 3 Assessments), for his batting and management, that’ll put all kinds of stress on completely different gamers,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“You’d assume (Ajinkya) Rahane will take over the captaincy, which can put additional stress on him, and so they’ve obtained to seek out somebody to bat at that actually necessary No.four spot.

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Kohli will likely be accessible just for the day-night Adelaide Check match earlier than flying again to India to be along with his spouse Anushka Sharma who will give beginning to their first baby.

Though BCCI are but to announce the India captain for the ultimate three Assessments, vice-captain Rahane is kind of sure to guide in Kohli’s absence.

“I don’t assume they’ll be clear in their very own thoughts, even now, what their batting order will seem like for the primary Check. Who’s going to open, who’ll bat at 4 when Kohli goes?” Ponting added.

Ponting stated greater than the Australia batting line-up it is going to be Kohli’s males who will underneath stress and unsure about their batting-order in the course of the Check collection.

“The questions which can be being requested round Australia with Pucovski and Inexperienced, I believe India have gotten a number of extra inquiries to reply.

The Indian bowling assault will comprise Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in lead roles. The vacationers will name on Ishant Sharma if he recovers from the facet harm sustained on the IPL whereas Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini are additionally a part of India’s Check squad. With so many choices, Ponting feels India must reply extra questions than the hosts.

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“Shami, Jasprit Bumrah – will or not it’s Ishant, will or not it’s Umesh Yadav, will or not it’s a younger man like Saini or Siraj? “They’ve obtained numerous inquiries to ask as effectively. And which spinner? They’ve obtained a number of spinners of their squad and so they’ve obtained to determine which one to choose for the pink-ball sport in Adelaide,” Ponting stated.

India made historical past by profitable their first Check collection on Australian soil within the 2018-19 collection. Nevertheless, the hosts have been then with out their star batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith, who have been serving bans for his or her involvement within the 2018 ball-tampering incident.

“The one factor we haven’t spoken sufficient about is sure India have been actually good right here final time, however with these guys (Smith and Warner) lacking on the high of the order, that leaves an enormous hole in any group,” Ponting stated.

(With PTI inputs)