‘His inclusion is denying talented’: Venkatesh slams Rahul

Ian Bishop

KL Rahul is the vice-captain of the Indian Team in the first two tests against Australia. But his performance does not justify the responsibility given by the management. The in-form batsman Gill is warming the bench because of Rahul. In this test’s three innings, he scored only 38 runs. The team management values Rahul as a generational talent but his performance does not say the same.

V Prasad on KL Rahul

“And the torrid run continues. More to do with rigidity of the management to persist with a player who just hasn’t looked the part. No top order batsman in atleast last 20 years of Indian cricket has played these many tests with such a low average. His inclusion is deliberately denying talented guys, in form guys an opportunity to be in the 11,”

He further tweeted on Rahul

“His inclusion shakes belief in Justice. SS Das had great potential, so did S Ramesh, both avgd 38+but did not get beyond 23 Test matches. Rahul’s consistent inclusion gives an impression of lack of batting talent in India which isn’t true. Last 5 years his avg is below 27 in 47 inn .As per me, he is currently not amongst the current 10 best opener’s in India but is being given endless chances. Guys like Kuldeep Yadav put in man of the match performances and next game are dropped with theories like Horses for courses. In any course ,KL is not a horse. Sad”

He even talked about other openers who could replace Rahul

“Shikhar had a test avg of 40+ , Mayank has of 41+ with 2 double hundreds, Shubhman Gill in sublime form, Sarfaraz never ending wait.. Many domestic performances constantly ignored.”

KL was later dropped from the vice captain role and did not played in the test matches.

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