The 2023 World Cup will be hosted on Indian soil. This tournament starts from October 5th. While the title match will be played on November 19. But there is good news for Indian fans. Actually, the problem of number 4 for the Indian team remains the same. Since last year, around 8 players have been tested at number 4, but none have performed as expected.
However, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer definitely managed to make a mark as number 4 hitters, but the rest of the players disappointed. But there is bad news for the fans that Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are out of shape. Statistics show that Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer have played a maximum of 8-8 matches as number 4. Shreyas Iyer crossed the fifty run mark twice. Additionally, he scored 342 runs at an average of 57 at a strike rate of 90.2.
Rishabh Pant scored 262 runs at number 4 at an average of 37.43 and a strike rate of 100.8. During this, Rishabh Pant crossed the fifty-run mark twice. Apart from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, Ishaan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Washington Sundar, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Akshar Patel were all tested at number 4 but no batsman could live up to the hype.
Even in the 2019 World Cup, the number 4 position had become a cause of trouble for the India team. Prior to the World Cup, Ambati Rayudu was tested at number 4, but was not selected for the World Cup. Vijayashankar was selected instead of Ambati Rayudu but Vijayashankar disappointed. However, Vijayashankar was unable to play the entire tournament due to injury. After which, Rishabh Pant took the number 4 position. It should be noted that the Indian team was eliminated in the 2019 World Cup after losing in the semifinals against New Zealand.