The number four position is the important position in limited overs format cricket. Sometimes they may play in a defensive style and some may play in an arrogant style based on the performance of the opening batsmen.
The no.4 position plays a significant role in deciding the result of the game. Here are some versatile no.4 batsmen from India who can be placed in the midst of world class middle order batsmen like Aravinda De Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor and Ab de Villiers.
The raising batsmen from India, Ajinkya Rahane is expected to bat on no.4 instead of opening the innings in the upcoming series as test-drive to the world cup 2019. Here are some of the no.4 batsmen who played magnificent innings, often been the kingmakers.
- Mohammed Azharuddin
He had been the captain of the team for around a decade. We talk about Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar or Dhoni for their captain Innings but often forget about his contribution to the team on the field and with the bat. He is one of the greatest players for India at no.4 with a score of 4605 runs off 137 matches as a solid middle-order batsman. He was the highest ODI scorer for India before he was out of the team in 2000.
- Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin is one of the greatest world class batsmen who played in almost all the places in a batting line up. As a middle-order batsman, Master Blaster scored 2059 runs off 61 matches from the no.4 position. Though he played the role of an opening batsman, he did a significant score as a middle-order batsman. He played as a top-order batsman from 1994.
- Rahul Dravid
Dravid was often called with the nickname “the wall”. He is one of the greatest middle-order batsmen for the Indian team. He was one of the consistent limited-overs batsmen of the modern times. He made 10389 runs from 381 matches as a middle-order batsman.batting from no.4, he made 3301 runs from 102 innings. He saved the team from Innings defeat a number of times and is known as a specialist test-match player.
- Yuvraj Singh
He was the solid member of the Indian middle-order who batted in fifth or sixth positions in his earlier days of career. He was known as the match-winner many times. He scored 3415 runs off 278 ODIs in his international career as a no.4 batsman. His best score was 150 runs against England, last year. He is known for his fantastic impact on the result of the team since his debut against Australia in 2000.
- Dilip Vengsarkar
This veteran batsman was known as the match-winner along with Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. He played 71 matches out of 120 ODIs as a no.4 batsman in his 15 years of International cricket career. He scored 2138 runs as a middle-order batsman. He did far better in the test cricket, but his contribution as a middle-order batsman in the one-dayers is not negligible.