The legendary former Indian Opener Sunil Gavaskar feels that Prithvi Shaw should be replaced with the outstanding limiter overs opener, K.L Rahul. In a tweet, another former Indian Opener Wasim Jaffer added that Rahane should pick up Shubman Gill and K.L Rahul for the MCG Test. In addition to this the former opener who helped India in the World Cup Final, Gautam Gambhir added that KL Rahul should bat at No.5.
After the disappointing second innings collapse in Adelaide that changed the course of the match, there is a lot of Buzz around K.L Rahul. The one thing Rahul is very impeccable at is getting over the three-figure mark by closing his ears to the crowd that is laudatory.
It is very crucial for a player like him who has had his fair share of criticism and was inconsistent in the longer format to be able to block out the noise. Coming Saturday is when his character shall be put to test in one of the greatest sporting venues of Australia, the Melbourne Cricket Grounds.
This was the same venue when Rahul took his first steps in International Cricket Six years ago and played three strokes, out of which 2 he fell to Nathan and 1 he fell to Mitchell Johnson. His batting contribution came in the form of numbers like 3 and 1 along with some extensive tears on Day 5 after M.s Dhoni surprisingly retired from Test Cricket.
He could have thought to himself that the two shots were sufficed to get dismissed to the anonymous venue of domestic cricket, where he set the scoresheet on fire. Fortunately, he did find a fan of his intent in the form of the current captain Virat Kohli.
He was very well known for his charisma he displays in the Second Test in Sydney where he batted in his traditional spot as an opener instead of the Number 6 and scored his maiden test century. It may not have been a counter-attacking century, but surely an innings that was well built lasting nearly six hours.
His test tons were followed on in Colombo, India, and Jamaica and India could see an overseas opening specialist in the making. But Rahul despite getting the best scores have frustrated many fans when he discovered curious ways to get out or injured.
All this while, his innings in a test match were underlined by white Ball Games, like the ODI debut in Harare and a profligated T20I century against West Indies in Florida.
He has been the real deal and the player to watch in across all formats, and a lot many keep talking about his innings of 199 vs England in the Fifth Test in Chennai, which constituted of class and charisma, buy ended playing the ludicrous stroke of Adil Rashid.
Getting selected to play in the Australian tour despite having a poor performance against West Indies at home was a miracle. Team management stuck to Rahul in the first two tests that were held in Adelaide and Perth. Faith did not take his side after the loss at Perth and the team management could not be patient enough. Amusingly, on a ground that witnessed K.L Rahul make his debut, lost his spot to his good friend and state mate Mayank Agarwal, who made a dream debut and scored an emphatic 73 that helped India lay the opening foundation.
The White Ball Cricket is where Rahul has regained his form and has helped him stay visible and be in the estimation. He also knows how to build innings and retain his wicket, which has helped him secure his spot in the shorter format. Rahul is eyeing a red ball success and wants to make a better mark and reset his form leading to the test match being played in MCG.