Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes the star all-rounder Hardik Pandya who led Gujrat Titans to IPL will not bat at No.4 position in the South Africa series. Hardik, who promoted himself in the batting order in the Indian Premier League 2022, was the leading run-getter for the newly crowned champions.
Rajkumar opined that Pandya will play the finisher’s role for the Men in Blue. “Hardik Pandya batted really well in the IPL, and the way he took the responsibility, it was fantastic. He was the captain there but here he is not the captain. His role will be different. I don’t think he will be asked to bat at No.4. I feel his role will be that of a finisher in the Indian team,” he told India TV.
KL Rahul will lead the Indian side in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have also been rested.