Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Gautam Gambhir, who has worked closely with India National Cricket Team vice-captain KL Rahul during their respective stints at the Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, has slammed Rahul’s critics.
Star opening batsman KL Rahul has been in poor form since returning to international cricket after an injury. In the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022, he scored just 132 runs in five matches at a poor strike rate of 122.22.
Meanwhile, the former India captain and modern-day batting great, Virat Kohli, was in terrific form in the Asia Cup 2022. He opened the innings with Rahul in the Super 4 game against Afghanistan in the absence of Rohit Sharma and smashed an exceptional century.
Overall, he scored 276 runs in five matches at a brilliant strike rate of 147.59. Following Kohli’s innings, there were debates over Kohli taking over the opening role alongside Rohit in T20Is.
Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Gambhir slammed Rahul’s critics and said that the people seem to have forgotten his contributions with the bat over the years.
“You know what happens in India? The moment someone starts doing very well… for example, when Virat Kohli scored a hundred in the last game, we all start forgetting what Rahul and Rohit have done over a long period of time.
:When you talk about Kohli opening the batting, imagine what happens to KL Rahul? Imagine the amount of insecurity he must be feeling. Imagine if he gets a low score in the first game, there will be another debate on whether Kohli should open in the next game,” Gambhir said on Star Sports during a virtual press conference ahead of India’s three-match T20I series against Australia.
Everything falls down on KL Rahul – Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir further said that Rahul, who he feels has probably got more ability than Rohit or Kohli, shouldn’t feel insecure in the team.
“You don’t want your top-class players in that position, especially KL Rahul who has probably got more ability than Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli.
“Imagine KL Rahul going into the World Cup thinking, ‘what if I don’t score runs against Pakistan? What if I get replaced by Virat Kohli?’ You don’t want that,” Gambhir further said.
“That’s the reason we shouldn’t entertain that question. Think from India’s point of view. Think from KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s point of view.
“Well, Rohit is the captain right now. Imagine if he was not the captain, what would he have felt? Everything falls down on KL Rahul. We should start thinking about how India can flourish, rather than certain individuals,” he added.
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