I would consider Rishabh Pant at number 4 : Kris Srikkanth

Keeping in mind Rishabh Pant‘s familiarity with English conditions, former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth has advocated playing the young wicketkeeper-batsman at the number four position.

The 21-year-old Pant has been brought in as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India’s World Cup squad but is yet to figure in any of the matches.

“If I was involved with the team management, I think I would consider putting a guy like Rishabh Pant in at No.4,” Srikkanth wrote in his column for the ICC. ALSO READ: Rishabh Pant is certainly not my number 4, Kedar Jadhav or Dinesh Karthik can do the job: Anshuman Gaekwad

“They have brought him over here now, he is ready to go and, most importantly, he has played in England before so understands the conditions.”

India will look to continue their winning run when they meet hosts England in their next outing on Sunday, and the 1983 World Cup winner said the situation is ideal for Pant’s inclusion. ALSO READ: Focused on improving myself after not being selected for World Cup: Rishabh Pant

“We saw him impress in the Test series here last summer when he came into the side and with England up next, maybe now is a good time to get him in there against a familiar opponent.

“In the middle order Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav have yet to really convince. I think it’s fair to say that their approach needs some fine-tuning.”

Srikkanth felt K L Rahul, entrusted with opening the innings after Dhawan’s ouster from the tournament, felt he must convert his starts.

“At the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has not fired the last couple of times, and that means K L Rahul needs to do more.