India’s opening woes continued as KL Rahul could not deliver the goods in the first innings of the first Test against Australia. Rahul went for the expensive cover drive as Josh Hazlewood was able to get the better off the Indian opener. Australia’s opener Aaron Finch took a good catch while fielding at third slip. Rahul bat came at an angle as the bat face was towards mid-off while he was attempting to play a cover drive.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul has been in poor form in the recent past. The stylish batsman was troubled by the incoming delivery on the England tour. He was dismissed via LBW or bowled as he could not tackle the inswingers. However, he had played a good knock of 149 runs in the second innings of the fifth and final Test match at Oval against England.
KL Rahul continued his poor form.
However, Rahul continued his dismal show going in the two-match series against the Windies. Furthermore, Rahul could only score three runs in the first innings of the four-day warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI.
Though, he was able to get some runs under his belt in the second innings as he scored 62 runs. Consequently, Rahul confidence is on an all-time low as he has been struggling to find runs under his bag.
Meanwhile, India is currently 178-6 after losing four wickets in the first session and two more in the second. Cheteshwar Pujara has shown the stomach for the fight as the right-hander scored his 20th Test fifty. Pujara currently has the company of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Thus, these two batters will like to get as many runs as they can as the wicket has eased off after the first two sessions. Ashwin and Pujara have completed their fifty run-stand.
Here is how Twitter trolled KL Rahul for his poor form:
*KL Rahul whenever someone reminds him that he is a cricketer and not an IG model * pic.twitter.com/3Crv57S8yB
— Left Arm Medium Orthodox (@akhil_012) December 6, 2018
Carlos Ruis ~ Life doesn't give you a second chance
KL Rahul ~ pic.twitter.com/7u6lGYBkl9
— #MeToo (@lndiaMeToo) December 6, 2018
KL Rahul is making mockery of the chances he is getting. #AUSvIND
— Lord Voldemort (@Smart_Ladka) December 6, 2018
Amazed with Rahul's consistent failure in all formats.#Kohli play with 10 Player's only, doesn't make any sense one player for only fielding.#ShikharDhawan #prithvishaw
Hope to see u both batting together.
— Sarang Sambare (@SarangS21) December 6, 2018
#ChhodnaMat Bhajji pa again irresponsible and careless batting.KL Rahul shouldn’t be in the team now,he hasn’t learn anything from his mistakes. Rohit Sharma also lost a golden opportunity,this inning would’ve made his place permanent.
— Yash (@vjaysaroyash) December 6, 2018
— Kushal Bollempalli (@bkushalchowdary) December 6, 2018
Rishabh paantt is not a test material. Since DK is not there please bring Parthiv Patel for wicket keeping and to open in place of KL Rahul. We can include Hanuma Vihari to bat at 7.
— Ramaprasad Seshadri (@ramji0946) December 6, 2018
Bhai Sharmaji ko ek mauka to do
KL Rahul to gayo..
— IMS (@sharmaijii) December 6, 2018
#KLRahul is making life difficult for himself & think-tank. Talent without performance is a non-entity! He is fortunate to have found favour despite average outings. Some players end up being lucky & get the long rope until the runs show up. #Rahul is easily one of them #AUSvIND
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) December 6, 2018
Parthiv patel, Jadeja should have been in the playing Eleven. Time to drop KL Rahul and let Parthiv open with Vijay #AUSvIND
— Amit Gupta (@Amit1gpt) December 6, 2018
Watching #RahulDravid in Google Pixel ad in between of #INDvAUS test break…after watching #Rohit #KLRahul #Rahane getting out….
Feels like asking him to come out of retirement and play the test straight away without practice.
He would still play well than the others #Legend
— Y Srikant (@YESriKant) December 6, 2018
— #NTRBIOPIC (@sasanknv) December 6, 2018
What the hell team management is doing there .. players like Mayank and karun nair are available to play and they are continuously sticking with KL Rahul .. god give them some brain #AUSvIND @cricbuzz
— Gajender Meena (@GajenderMeena4) December 6, 2018
How to get these batsmen out:
Suresh Raina: Bowl a bouncer.
Virat Kohli: Bowl outside off.
KL Rahul: Just bowl.
— shantanu khangarot (@shantanu699) December 6, 2018
— Yogesh Dora (@yogeshdora) December 6, 2018
If Prithvi Shaw isn't fit for the next test then even a Parthiv would be better that KL Rahul unless he scores a good score and secures his place in the side for few more matches. #AUSvIND
— Adi (@imAdi_8) December 6, 2018
All brand managers right now : Let’s try getting #KLRahul for a campaign after his 4 test failures this series and before he hits a Pointless century in the 5th to save his place ( and endorsement value ) for the next series #INDvAUS
— Tanu Kaushik (@tanukaushik) December 6, 2018