Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad has voiced his stern opinion against the “endless” selection of “lucky” KL Rahul in the Test despite the opener’s disappointing form over the past year, especially in the longest format.
Venkatesh Prasad pointed out that the in-form Shubman Gill was benched for the Nagpur Test against Australia, and that Sarfaraz Khan, India’s domestic Bradman, is not even in the squad, while KL Rahul, the current vice-captain, gets in the side despite repeated failures.
KL Rahul has not gone past 25 in his last 8 Test innings now
KL Rahul had come in this Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the back of a dismal tour of Bangladesh as a batsman – where he managed 57 runs in 4 innings – and exacerbated things for himself with a score of 20 in the first innings in Nagpur.
Venkatesh Prasad slams the selectors and management for out-of-form KL Rahul’s continued selection
Venkatesh Prasad admitted that Rahul’s talent and abilities are top notch, however, if he fails to materialize into big performances on the field, then it’s unfair from the selectors and management’s part to bench someone like Gill and not even consider Sarfaraz Khan.
“I have a lot of regard for KL Rahul’s talent and ability, but sadly his performances have been well below par. A test average of 34 after 46 tests and more than 8 years in international cricket is ordinary,” Venkatesh Prasad tweeted.
“Can’t think of many who have been given so many chances. Especially when there are so many waiting in the wings & in top form. Shubhman Gill is in sublime form,Sarfaraz has been scoring tons in FC cricket and many who deserve a chance ahead of Rahul. Some are just lucky to be given chances endlessly till they succeed while some aren’t allowed to.”
Here, check out Venkatesh Prasad’s tweets:
When there are so many waiting in the wings & in top form. Shubhman Gill is in sublime form,Sarfaraz has been scoring tons in FC cricket and many who deserve a chance ahead of Rahul. Some are just lucky to be given chances endlessly till they succeed while some aren’t allowed to.
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) February 11, 2023
Meanwhile, India have taken a massive lead of 233 runs in Nagpur. After Rohit Sharma’s century, the left-handed duo of Jadeja (70) and Axar (84) extended India’s lead, and it would be fair to say that India have batted Australia out of the contest.