KL Rahul has become the talk of the town immediately after his performance against Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series. He had an excellent game with the bat and later on, he was brilliant behind the wickets with the gloves. Rahul was keeping wickets as a replacement for Rishabh Pant who was injured in the first ODI and wasn’t available for the second game. Fans were ecstatic with Rahul’s performance and many of them felt that he should be a regular wicket-keeper batsman for team India.
India has failed to replace MS Dhoni since his departure from international cricket. Dhoni was last seen in the Indian colours during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Since then, Rishabh Pant has been the regular wicket-keeper batsman for India. But, even after having multiple chances, he has failed miserably with the bat and the gloves.
KL Rahul Better Than Rahul Dravid Says Aakash Chopra:
KL Rahul made way as a wicket-keeper batsman in the team for the second ODI as Rishabh Pant wasn’t available due to injury in the first game. But, Rahul made an instant impact as he scored 80 runs with the bat and had three dismissals to his name. His performance was so good that former Indian cricketer and current commentator Aakash Chopra drew comparison between him and former Indian captain Rahul Dravid. “He is a better keeper than what Dravid was but I would not want him to keep on a regular basis. Keeping takes a toll. He can’t be keeping for 50 overs and then batting higher up the order,” Chopra told PTI.
India is currently hosting Australia for a three-match ODI series. Australia thrashed India by 10 wickets in the first ODI. India had to win the second ODI at all costs to remain in contention to win the series. Captain Kohli was criticized heavily for his decision-making as he shifted his batting order in order to make way for KL Rahul to bat at No.3. But, this decision backfired and team India had a flop show with the bat in the first ODI.
In the second game, Rishabh Pant was unavailable for selection as he got injured during the first game. India did not have a regular wicket-keeper behind the stumps for the game. Rahul assumed this responsibility and shifted his batting order too. The decision paid off as Rahul stole the show with the bat and the gloves.
Rahul came in at number five to bat and scored a quick fire 80 runs to take India to a giant total of 340 runs. He played a key figure behind the stumps as he dismissed Aaron Finch with lightning fast stumping and took a couple of catches too. The decider of the series will be played at Bangalore on Sunday. The battle will be exciting to watch as the two giants of World cricket set their eyes on the prize.