KL Rahul is not having a good time against England in the ongoing T20I series being played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. He has scores of 1 and 0, having gotten out in the first over of the second T20I, which India won by 7 wickets.
Rahul was part of the Indian Test squad against England as well but didn’t get to play a single Test match as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill were given a run at the top in the four-match Test series which India won 3-1 and qualified for the Final of the ICC World Test Championship.
KL Rahul was the top-ranked batsman until last week, just ahead of the 1st T20I, when he dropped a spot in the ICC rankings to take the No. 3 position. But has gotten some support from former India opener Aakash Chopra who said one shouldn’t question a batsman of Rahul’s caliber just because of two bad innings.
We Won’t Build A Team For World Cup If We Ask Questions About A Match-Winner After Just Two Low Scores: Aakash Chopra
KL Rahul has maintained himself as a versatile cricketer who can be translated into any batting position in the top and middle-order and even kept wickets for India in white-ball cricket when Rishabh Pant was dropped from the team.
“If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow…Pant day after. And then…will have a team of insecure players,” Aakash Chopra tweeted.
If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow…Pant day after. And then…will have a team of insecure players. IMHO. https://t.co/W369A0jxxb
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 15, 2021
Rahul averages over 40 in the shortest format for India and a massive strike rate of 143.66 shows how big an asset he is to the side. He has 1543 runs in 47 T20Is for India with 2 centuries and 12 half-centuries to his name. His highest score is 110* against West Indies.
India won the second T20I by 7 wickets and leveled the series 1-1, after losing the first T20I by 8 wickets in Ahmedabad. The last three T20Is between the two teams will be played without crowds in attendance as Gujarat state is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases once more.