IPL 2018: Fans Want KL Rahul to Replace Rohit Sharma at the Opening Position in India Team

Published - 07 May 2018, 10:35 PM | Updated - 17 Jul 2024, 11:49 AM


Kings XI Punjab opener, Lokesh Rahul registered his highest IPL score during the match against the Rajasthan Royals.

He remained unbeaten on 84. His innings led Punjab to a comfortable victory by six wickets in the end at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. It was a terrific knock to say the least. Especially after the early hiccups, Punjab needed a set batsman to finish off the job and Rahul did that to perfection. The opener has been pivotal in the success of Punjab in this year. Along with Chris Gayle, he has forged a formidable partnership at the top of the order.

He has already smashed three half-centuries in the tournament so far which also includes the fastest fifty in the history. In Punjab’s opening encounter against the Delhi Daredevils, Rahul hit a 50 off just 14 deliveries breaking the previous record held by Sunil Narine.

While Rahul has been at his prolific best in the season so far, Team India opener and Mumbai Indians skipper, Rohit Sharm isn’t having a great time in the tournament so far. He hasn’t led from the front which shows in the results of Mumbai as well.

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Lokesh Rahul of KXIP after his Fifty during match thirty-eight of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on the 6th May 2018. Photo by: Rahul Gulati /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Rahul’s exceptional run in the tournament has made many believe that the Mumbai Indians skipper should make way for Rahul at the top of the batting order in India’s limited overs squad.

However, you cannot always count IPL performances, especially in international cricket. Some fans believe Rohit should be dropped in favour of Rahul, while a few others think that Rohit should drop down the order and allow Rahul to open with Shikhar Dhawan.

On Sunday, Rahul decided against adopting his usual strategy of going hammers and tongs from the outset. He played a more patient knock and went after the Rajasthan bowlers in the end.

Rahul is currently 4th on the list of the highest run-getters in the tournament so far. He has scored 376 runs at an impressive average of 47 and a staggering strike rate of 162.77. In contrary, Rohit Sharma has only scored 231 runs in ten matches at an average of 28.87 and a strike rate of 142.59.

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Rashid Khan, KL Rahul
Credits: BCCI.

Here are some of the reactions of the fans