Rachin Ravindra has been a revelation in the 2023 ODI World Cup. It needs to be noted that before this tournament, he was batting at No.7 or below. The New Zealand management took the bold decision of moving him up in the batting order. This move has been successful with Rachin doing extremely well for his side. Team India must also think of using some of their all-rounders in this way. Here, we take a look at two players India could use like how New Zealand uses Rachin Ravindra as a batter.
1) Washington Sundar
It needs no introduction that Washington Sundar is good with the bat. In Tests, he has helped India on many occasions. However, for him, it appears that a finisher role might not be the preferred task. He looks more like a batter who can build an inning and take it on from there.
He has opened the batting in domestic cricket before. While India has a lot of options in this regard, it may not be a bad idea to try him in this role in the future. With this, India would also get a good bowling option in the top 5.
2) Axar Patel
Axar Patel is also one of the players India could use like how New Zealand uses Rachin Ravindra as a batter. One of the most improved batters in recent times has been Axar Patel. Especially in the white-ball formats, Axar has helped India in many games.
He certainly looks like a batter who can bat at the top of the batting order. Axar is good against pace and has some scope for improvement against spin. If he can roughen out the edges in his technique, he can be a useful batter for India in the top-order. Again, not to mention, he is a bowler who can offer full quota of his overs.