World Cup 2019: 3 Indian Players for whom time is running out
#2 KL Rahul
Matches – 13 – Runs – 317- Avg – 35 – 100s – 1- 50s -2
K.L. Rahul’s One-Day career started with a bang with scores of 100 not out, 33 and 63 not out against Zimbabwe. However, Rahul slowed down thereafter and had a total of just 61 runs in the next 8 matches.
In the Asia Cup, when Rahul got an opportunity to play against Afghanistan, he scored a brilliant 60 off 66 balls with 5 fours and one six. But this match was more remembered for Rahul’s injudicious employ of the DRS which very nearly cost India the match.
Rahul’s position in the India squad is really precarious. He is basically an opening batsman who would not be of use if employed below the number 3 batting position. But India’s first 3 batting positions are firmly set and the team would be better off with an additional middle-order batsman rather than a reserve opener.
To make matters worse for Rahul, the advent of Prithvi Shaw is an additional option which the team management could wish to explore in the near future. Besides, Rahul is not in the best of forms and his confidence is at the lowest ebb.
Unlike Manish Pandey, KL Rahul is not sure whether he will get an opportunity at all to prove himself in the West Indies series. This would make it all the more difficult for Rahul to concentrate and perform if given a chance. Tough and uncertain times ahead of Rahul.