India’s squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka has finally been announced. However, Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been the side’s regular number three batter in the longest format of the game, has been dropped due to poor form. Thus, the Rohit-Sharma led side need a new batter to bat at that position. It is to be noted that batting at three isn’t just tricky, but can be really hard as well. So which are those players who can bat at this position? Today, we shall be taking a look at 3 players who can bat at three for India in Tests.
1) Mayank Agarwal:
Despite being an opener, Mayank Agarwal could be India’s new number three batter. As he generally plays the new ball, batting at this position will only get easier for the Karnataka batter. In the 19 Tests he has played so far, Agarwal has scored 1429 runs at an average of 43.3. This includes four hundreds, as well as two double hundreds.
2) Shubman Gill:
Shubman Gill is arguably one of the most talented youngsters in India right now. Despite not consistently scoring runs in international cricket, he has already shown glimpses of his potential. Besides, his attacking nature might just come in handy for India. Moreover, with age on his side, India’s team management can invest in him. Thus, this could prove to be a long-term option as well.
3) Hanuma Vihari:
Hanuma Vihari is one of the unluckiest Indian cricketers. Despite doing fairly decent for India’s red-ball side, he never really got a consistent run in the XI due to the massive competition. However, now might be the ideal time to fix his spot at three. Although he’s generally batted in the lower-middle order, he has the capability to bat in the top-order as well. Vihari has scored 684 runs in 13 Tests, and has a batting average of 34.2.