Game for number 4 at WC ? Rahul says anything for team

He has not said it in as many words but reserve opener K.L Rahul dropped enough hints that he could seamlessly settle into the key number four position, a conundrum the Indian team is carrying into the World Cup.

Despite much debate and discussion around the batting position, who would bat at number four -- Vijay Shankar or Rahul -- remains a riddle.

"The selectors have made it clear. I am part of the team and will go with whatever the team decides when we get there," Rahul in an interview when asked specifically about batting at number four.

Head coach Ravi Shastri said the combinations would entirely depend on the prevailing conditions in England.

All that could go wrong, went wrong for the stylish opener in December-January when runs deserted him in the Test series in Australia before he and his teammate Hardik Pandya suffered the ignominy of being called from the tour in the wake of their outrageous comments on women during a TV show.

The 27-year-old even began to doubt himself as a person but the fighter in him did not give up. Suspended from the national team, Rahul was asked play for India A in the home series against England Lions and he was back amongst the runs.

In the following T20s against Australia, he scored morale boosting 50 and 47 and carried that form into the IPL, where he ended up as the second-highest run getter with 593 runs at 53.90.

"Form is an overrated word," said Rahul who goes into his maiden World Cup at the top of his game, having overcome the controversy-laden six months of his career.

"The last couple of months have been good with the bat. Playing the series against England Lions gave me time to focus on my skill, then did well against T20s against Australia and then the IPL. I am feeling pretty confident," Rahul said.

(with news agency inputs)