There is no certainty over where KL Rahul would bat in the upcoming World Cup. In fact, one cannot also rule out the possibility of seeing Rahul warming the bench in the mega-event if India decides to stick with their recent combination. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will undoubtedly bat at the top three. The number four spot is up for grabs but Rahul is not the only contender for it. In case India prefer Shankar or Dinesh Karthik to bat at number four, Rahul is more or less unlikely to get a chance in the eleven.
And perhaps Rahul is aware of this situation as he said he is ready to bat any position. Rahul is primarily selected as the backup opener but has previously batted in the middle-order and can get a chance there.
“The selectors have made it clear. I am part of the team and will go with whatever the team decides when we get there,” Rahul was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.
Rahul, meanwhile, has done well with the bat after the Koffee with Karan fiasco. Rahul was asked play for India A in the home series against England Lions before making a return to the team for the T20I and ODI series against Australia. He scored morale boosting 50 and 47 in the T20Is before impressing in the IP. Playing for Kings XI Punjab, he ended up as the second-highest run getter with 593 runs at 53.90.
“Form is an overrated word,” said Rahul. “The last couple of months have been good with the bat. Playing the series against England Lions gave me time to focus on my skill, then did well against T20s against Australia and then the IPL. I am feeling pretty confident.”
The World Cup, meanwhile, will start on May 30. India, on the other hand, will start their campaign on June 5 against South Africa.