Sanjay Manjrekar and KL Rahul
Sanjay Manjrekar and KL Rahul (Image Credits: Twitter)

Sanjay Manjrekar believes that KL Rahul’s exclusion from India’s T20I squad against South Africa might be due to the presence of more exciting players. However, Manjrekar said that KL Rahul has rightfully earned a spot in the ODI and Test squads for the upcoming tour.

India is set to face South Africa in a three-match T20I series, with the first game scheduled for December 10 in Durban. Suryakumar Yadav will continue to lead the national team in the shorter format. Ishan Kishan and Jitesh Sharma have been assigned wicketkeeping duties.

KL Rahul Was Superb In The 50-Over World Cup – Sanjay Manjrekar

In a discussion on the Star Sports show ‘Game Plan,’ Sanjay Manjrekar acknowledged KL Rahul’s contributions in significant T20 matches, including the T20 World Cup. Manjrekar noted that Rahul appears to be outside the selectors’ plans for the T20 format.

“Basically what’s happened is KL Rahul’s performances in the major T20 matches, the T20 World Cup for example, they have realized that they have got more exciting options than KL Rahul in T20 cricket,” Manjrekar said.

“However, I thought he was superb in the 50-over World Cup, so he is back there, and in Test matches, obviously an option as a keeper as well. So, I think at the moment, slightly out of favor with the selectors when it comes to T20 cricket,” he added.

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Don’t Think Suryakumar Yadav Will Have Any Problems – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar expressed confidence in Suryakumar Yadav‘s ability to lead the young T20I team in South Africa. He highlighted that Surya’s batting prowess would be crucial for his captaincy success in South Africa.

“He will manage because it seems like Suryakumar Yadav finds himself in a comfort zone when it comes to T20 cricket as a player and a captain, and we saw recently how he played as a captain and a player,” Manjrekar further stated.

“So I don’t think he will have any problems and with the sort of pitches that are there in South Africa, Suryakumar Yadav the batter will make the biggest contribution for Suryakumar Yadav the captain,” he concluded.

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