KL Rahul being dropped from the team has always been on the cards. In all overseas tours, he struggled and once again displayed the same in West Indies as well. The selectors lost the trust on Karnataka batsman, who was replaced by Shubman Gill and was asked to follow VVS Laxman, who scored mammoth tally of 1400 runs in a Ranji season to make a comeback during his times.
KL Rahul’s Test career took off brilliantly. He scored three centuries in his first six Tests, and there came a time when he couldn’t stop scoring runs. After an impressive 199 against England, Rahul proceeded to score seven consecutive half-centuries against Australia and Sri Lanka.
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However, as good as his journey had been, he suddenly found himself running out of fuel. The West Indies tour was an opportunity for Rahul to refill and take off again. As it turned out, the journey has now come to a halt.
Rahul has struggled for form in the longest form and the selectors’ patience finally ran out following the right-hander’s dismal performance in West Indies. Rahul managed to score just 664 runs in his last 30 Test innings and his only notable score was 149 against England at the Oval last year, coming in a dead rubber.
KL Rahul is an exceptional talent – MSK Prasad
While announcing the squad, BCCI chief selector M.S.K. Prasad stated that Rahul is a talented cricketer but because of his poor form in red-ball cricket, he has been dropped for the upcoming Test series beginning October 2.
“We definitely communicated to KL. He is an exceptional talent and unfortunately his form has dipped in red-ball cricket,” Prasad said during press-conference after selection meet in New Delhi. “With Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gone, we can’t keep changing both the openers in the side.”
“When VVS Laxman was once dropped from the Indian team, he went back to domestic cricket, scored 1400 runs in the Ranji Trophy and came back,” Prasad added.
Well, it would be interesting to see how KL Rahul would make a comeback into the side. Most probably, he would like to take the upcoming domestic season to a storm and perform like none other. For now, his focus is on the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.