India opener KL Rahul has struggled t put runs in the recently concluded series against West Indies which has raised questions over his place in the playing XI. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly called for the inclusion of a new opener after Rahul’s repeated failures.
Rahul returned without a single fifty from the tour with the highest score being 44. The Karnataka cricketer got starts in both innings of the first Test but has failed to convert those. Rahul hasn’t managed a 50+ score since his 149 against England at Oval 12 innings back. Moreover, before that knock, he managed only one half-century in his previous 15 innings.
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The management backed KL Rahul in both the Tests against West Indies despite having Rohit Sharma as a back-up opener. Rahul has failed to justify his selection and Sourav Ganguly feels this could open doors for Rohit.
“I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold,” Sourav Ganguly wrote in TOI.
KL Rahul has got the backing and opportunities at the top of the order but has not managed to cement his spot. Sourav Ganguly feels the opening-order is still open and he feels a change is on the cards for India in the next series against South Africa.
“The opening still remains an area to work on. Mayank Agarwal looks good but will need a few more opportunities. His partner KL Rahul, though, has flattered to deceive and that creates an opening at the top,” Ganguly concluded.