Following the decision by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to sack him as vice captain, questions were raised over KL Rahul’s place in the team. Former India cricketer Saba Karim believes that KL Rahul may not be dropped from the playing XI for the third Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) starting on Wednesday, March 1 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
The right-handed batter has been going through the most difficult period of his career in the longer format of the game, as he hasn’t scored a half-century in his last 10 Test innings. The 30-year-old scored only 38 runs in the three innings against Australia in the ongoing Test series. Inform batsman Shubman Gill is waiting for an opportunity on the bench, which will create more pressure for Rahul.
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KL Rahul Is Still Going To Get A Few More Chances – Saba Karim
Speaking to India News Sports, Saba Karim said that KL Rahul has been dropped from the leadership role due to his recent poor performances. Karim believes that the team management will back Rahul and give him some more chances to regain his form.
“The signal is very clear that he [KL Rahul] has been removed from the vice-captaincy because his performances haven’t been up to the mark. However, this doesn’t mean that he won’t find a place in the playing XI. It’s just that you can only be the vice-captain if you perform well,” Saba Karim said.
“The advantage for KL Rahul is that India have been winning. Things would have been different had India been trailing 2-0. There wouldn’t have been any hesitation in dropping Rahul from the team. Since India are ahead, and we know that these wickets are tough to bat on, I personally feel that he is still going to get a few more chances,” he added.
The Karnataka batter represented India in 47 Test matches, scoring 2642 runs with an average of 33.44. His six out of seven Test centuries came in away conditions in Australia, England, South Africa, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka.
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