Two-time champions India were left with a void after opener Shikhar Dhawan got injured. He has now been ruled out of the World Cup.
As a result, KL Rahul, who was playing at number four, has been promoted as an opener.
While there was skepticism regarding his role, Windies legend Brian Lara has backed Rahul as the opener.
Here's what Lara had to say.
Lara believes that Rahul is currently India's second best batsman after Virat Kohli.
Also, after opening in the IPL, Lara believes that Rahul knows how to play as an opening batsman, as well as at number four.
"Rahul has shown in the warm-up match that he can come in at number four and play like an opening batsman," said Lara on Star Sports.
Lara feels that Rahul's exposure in the IPL as an opener is likely to give him confidence.
He believes that with the kind of technique he possesses, Rahul would not have an issue facing the new ball.
"I am looking forward to seeing something special from him. For me, he is going to be one of the top run-scorers this World Cup," Lara concluded.
Considering Rahul's performance in ODIs according to his batting position, it tells a similar story.
While he has not played many ODIs, in seven matches as an opener, he has an average of 65.2.
At number four, he has batted in just four innings, at an average of 17.33, which is his second best.
Lara seems to be right about him as an opener.
The author feels that Rahul is the right man to shoulder the serious responsibility of filling the void left by Dhawan.
His real test would be to negotiate the swinging ball.
However, with form on his side, it is likely that he could take up the role perfectly and become one of the top run-scorers.
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