[caption id="attachment_868745" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-868745" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ajinkya-Rahane-PTI.jpg" alt="India, Ajinkya Rahane, ICC World Cup 2019, World Cup" width="628" height="358" /> Ajinkya Rahane. @ PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/bcci">BCCI</a> Secretary <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sanjay-jagdale">Sanjay Jagdale</a> on Saturday said that in his opinion <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ajinkya-rahane/news/">Ajinkya Rahane</a> should have been the number four batsman in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/news/">India</a> s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a> squad as he brings solidarity to the line-up. <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/news/">Virat Kohli</a>-led side went ahead with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vijay-shankar/news/">Vijay Shankar</a> in the No. 4 spot, but he failed to take the initiative and returned after being injured. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/news/">Rishabh Pant</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kl-rahul/news/">KL Rahul</a> were also tried but they also proved to be unsuccessful. <p></p> <p></p> In my opinion, the Indian team needs a batsman like Ajinkya Rahane at number four. We have tried many options at the batting position for the past three months. We tried those batsmen who did not have a good record overseas. Rahane has always scored good runs in England, Jagdale said on Saturday. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/would-like-to-see-rohit-sharma-lead-india-in-2023-world-cup-868688">'Would like to see Rohit Sharma lead India in 2023 World Cup'</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>The Indian team tried many options at the number four batting slot before the World Cup. Ambati Rayudu was given a consistent run at the batting position, but when the squad was announced Vijay Shankar was named in the squad. <p></p> <p></p>Shankar failed to leave a mark and later he was ruled out of the tournament due to a toe niggle. Pant replaced him in the squad. Jagdale said that both Pant and Rahane should have been given a consistent run in the ODI side as they have a good overseas record. <p></p> <p></p> Rishabh Pant also scored a Test hundred in England. He even went on to make a Test hundred in Australia. But the ODI series against Australia, both Pant and Rahane did not feature in the series, Jagdale said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-i-made-many-errors-when-i-was-young-in-my-career-rishabh-pant-will-learn-virat-kohli-867765">I made many errors when I was young in my career, Rishabh Pant will learn: Kohli</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p> We tried Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar. Karthik and Rayudu have been playing since 2003 but they haven t been to establish themselves yet. If they haven t established themselves yet, we should have looked at other options. I have been advocating for three months now that Rahane should be number four. Pant should have been also named in the original squad as he is the future, he added. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian team was knocked out of the World Cup as the side lost against New Zealand by 18 runs in the semi-final. Jagdale said that the better team came out triumphant on that day and the Men in Blue did not play bad cricket. <p></p> <p></p> The better team won on that day. It s not like we played bad cricket. There was a small patch where we did not execute our skills better, New Zealand bowled exceptionally well. Indian team played a good brand of cricket throughout the tournament, Jagdale said.