KL Rahul is going through a tough time as his position in the Indian team is a little dicey. Rumors about his uncertain future in the team have started to pick up the pace. He played in the last 4 T20I matches against England where he did not manage to achieve any great score. He had to return to the pavilion with 1,0,0 and 14 against England in Ahemdabad and finally he was dropped from the team for the last match.
KL Rahul had an extremely successful IPL season in 2020 which had taken place in the UAE. He became the highest run-scorer with 670 runs. He created this huge score at an average of 55.83. This humongous score included one century and five half-centuries. Then KL Rahul was dropped from the team during the Australian Test Series Down Under and did not get a chance to be a part of the Indian squad for the Test series against England played at home. Rahul is not having an easy time facing criticism for his form and rumors of getting dropped from the team for the ODI against England.
Deep Dasgupta concerned about KL Rahul’s position in the ODI team
Now that the three-match ODI has started from today in Pune, former Indian wicket-keeper-batsman, Deep Dasgupta feels that the Indian team is in a bit of a pickle as the team has to take a call on Rahul’s return to the team. KL Rahul has been successful playing at No. 5 for India but Rishabh Pant and his great batting is making it even tougher for the Karnataka batsman.
Dasgupta said that if the selectors go by the current form and recent data then the clear choice is Rishabh Pant. Yes, KL Rahul had been successful in the past, especially, playing at No. 5. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have already opened the first ODI match against England and this combination is going to stay the same if we pay attention to what the Indian skipper Virat Kohli said. Then where does Rahul fit?
KL Rahul is out of form
According to Deep Dasgupta, it is going to be tough for KL Rahul to make a comeback in the team if he stays excluded from the ODI playing XI too because he has already been out of the other two formats.
It is going to be tough for the batsman as it doesn’t seem clear what is going to happen next. Going with Rishabh Pant at No. 5 is a smart choice for the team as well as for Pant as he is an evolving batsman. But on the other hand, there is KL. Rahul, who has given great performances in the past but is out of form right now. This is a tricky place. Also, the looming question is where will Pant go if not included in the ODI team as well, after getting excluded from T20I and Test formats.