Shreyas Iyer, who was chosen over KL Rahul in the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa, has shown promise as he looks more consistent and displays an intent to score. KL Rahul, who has been amazing in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab, had been in the Indian team for some time even though there was definite lack of consistency from his end.
Shreyas Iyer, who currently captains the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, has shown a lot of positive signs in his domestic and international games. During the tour of West Indies, he replaced KL Rahul at the number four spot in ODIs and showed great signs with two fifties. So much so that he was played instead of Rahul in the recently concluded T20I series that India played against South Africa. The upcoming Test series against West Indies will not have KL Rahul feature in the lineup either. Shreyas Iyer will now lead Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare trophy with Surya Kumar Yadav being the vice-captain.
Another option for number four is Manish Pandey. The 30-year-old who was the first Indian to score an IPL hundred has been in and out of the limelight for the last decade. His consistency and injuries have disrupted his promising career. He was recently picked in both the ODI and the T20 Squads for India's tour of West Indies and expressed how he wants to showcase his true potential. He will captain Karnataka in Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Sunrisers Hyderabad even purchased him for ₹11 crore at the 2018 IPL auction. All these factors are only signs that there is plenty of Manish Pandey that the world is yet to see.
KL Rahul is a very promising batsman and is one of the few batsmen to have a hundred in all formats. Experts suggest that KL's struggles stem from him having to constantly adapt his game to different formats. Back in the day, Rahul began as a 'Test specialist' but recently his best performances have only come in the IPL, where he has been Kings XI's leading run-scorer for two consecutive seasons only losing the Orange Cap to David Warner in 2019. KL replaced an injured Dhawan to open in the World Cup and was fairly consistent in providing India with starts. His test form has been the biggest factor of concern. Before being replaced recently, KL was backed by the selectors for a considerable amount of time even after very ordinary performances for India. It will be interesting to see how Rahul scripts his comeback and tries to solidify his place as India's number four batsman in the playing 11.