While Sanjay Manjrekar made it clear that Virat Kohli should bat at number three, he backed Vijay Shankar for the number 4 spot for his abilities to rotate the strike, besides being quite capable of going big when required. @PTI

With the fight being still on for Team India‘s number 4 batting slot for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes Vijay Shankar should be considered for filling the position.

Ambati Rayudu‘s name was being earlier considered for the slot, which plan, however, did not work out.

Manjrekar said Vijay’s abilities to rotate the strike, beside being quite capable of going big when required, fits him in the crucial batting position. (ALSO READ: Vijay Shankar could be the batting allrounder India needs: Sunil Gavaskar)

“Vijay Shankar is my number 4 for his ability to hit sixes as well as rotate the strike. Play him as a batsman. As a bowler, he’s worth only three-odd bonus overs, not seven or the full quota of 10,” the former cricketer was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

On Rayudu, Manjrekar said: “After his 90 against New Zealand in Wellington, I was sure he had cemented his spot. But three low scores and the rise of Vijay Shankar thereafter have put his place in question.”

He also said skipper Virat Kohli shouldn’t demote his batting position as No.3 slot perfectly suits him. (ALSO READ: Number 4 slot is still up for grabs in India s World Cup squad: Sourav Ganguly)

“He (Kohli) must bat at No. 3. There is no point in demoting our best batsman, who has set the winning culture in this team,” he opined.

In the recent times, Shankar has perfectly played the role of an all-rounder and is believed to have booked a ticket for the showpiece event starting May 30 in England and Wales.