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New Delhi. The second match of the 3 ODI series will be played between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Team India is ahead 1-0 in the series after winning the Guwahati ODI. This match will be very special for Rohit Sharma’s most trusted batsman KL Rahul. There will definitely be pressure on him to perform better in this match. Questions are being raised on his place in the team. Because the recent performance and form of many players are being ignored to keep them in the playing-XI. However, due to the year of the World Cup, the Indian team management and selectors will give more opportunities to Rahul. It seems difficult. In such a situation, if Rahul has to retain his place in the team, then he will have to play better in Kolkata.
Wicket-keeper batsmen like Ishaan Kishan and Sanju Samson are doing consistently well. Ishaan had scored a record-breaking double century in the last ODI. Both of them are proper wicketkeepers while Rahul is such a player who does not do regular wicketkeeping. Rishabh Pant also cannot be ignored. This is the year of the ODI World Cup. In such a situation, Team India cannot experiment too much in an important department like wicketkeeping. Because one mistake can be overshadowed and many wicketkeeper batsmen are performing consistently well. In such a situation, the pressure on Rahul to retain his place in the team is increasing with each passing day.
InsideSport has quoted a source associated with the Indian camp as saying that the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka will be the last chance for KL Rahul to retain his place in the Indian team.
The source said, ‘He (Rahul) is now under tremendous pressure. There is no doubt that Rahul is a talented player. But there is a lack of consistency in his performance. The selectors are now losing their patience with him. Rahul is currently getting full support from the Indian team management. If he is not able to score in the current series, then all this can change. Because there are many players as his option.
Why can the blame fall on KL Rahul?KL Rahul was removed from the ODI vice-captaincy earlier this year. Hardik Pandya was given this responsibility in his place. This one decision is enough to tell that the selectors are keeping an eye on Rahul’s performance. For this reason, he had to lose the vice-captaincy. In the last 1 year, Rahul’s performance has not been good in both ODIs and T20s.
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Career average dropped significantly in 1 yearKL Rahul has scored 290 runs in 11 ODIs at an average of 29 since January last year. Which is much less than his overall average of 43. In the same period, Rahul scored 434 runs in 16 T20s at an average of 29. This is also lower than T20 career average of 38. Last year, he scored 117 runs in 4 Tests at an average of 17. That is, his performance in all the three formats will be considered poor. Because his batting average has come down a lot. Suffice it to say that there is a lack of consistency in his performance.
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It is quite possible that Rahul played both the ODIs against Sri Lanka. Because Captain Rohit Sharma has clearly said that we will not change the place in the playing-XI. However, if he does not capitalize on the opportunity now, then it cannot be denied that he may not be named in the team selected for the ODI series against New Zealand.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 12, 2023, 11:24 IST
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