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“Why Is KL Rahul In The Team?” - 10 Tweets That Show Fans’ Anger

“Why Is KL Rahul In The Team?” - 10 Tweets That Show Fans’ Anger

Young Indian wicketkeeper-opener Ishan Kishan, who registered a stunning double-century in his last ODI outing, was dropped for the first ODI match against Sri Lanka at  Guwahati on Tuesday (January 10). Skipper Rohit Sharma himself confirmed on the eve of the first ODI match that Shubman Gill will open the innings with him and KL Rahul will be the wicketkeeper for the game.

“Both openers (Gill and Kishan) have done really well. But looking at how both have gone through, I think it is fair that we give Gill a chance to have a fair run because in the last games Gill got a lot of runs as well,” Rohit said.

“I am not going to take anything from Ishan. He has been wonderful for us. He got a double hundred and I know what it takes to get a double hundred, it is a great achievement. But just to be honest and be fair to the guys who have done really well before that we need to give those guys enough chances as well,” he added.

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The move came in as a huge shock for the fans as Kishan had scored the fastest double hundred in ODI cricket – against Bangladesh in his last outing. Rohit Sharma made it clear that Kishan despite his fastest double hundred in his last ODI will have to wait for his next chance just like Suryakumar Yadav, who is currently the world’s No. 1 T20 batter.

Fans on social media were also left disappointed with the fact that KL Rahul was included in the playing XI despite his poor form. It has to be noted that Rahul who has failed miserably in the last 12 months across all formats. Barring a few innings here and there, KL Rahul has produced below-average performance in 2022. Several people including some former cricketers are demanding his exit from the  Indian team across all three formats.

Angry Indian fans didn't hold back from exposing the preferential treatment to Rahul despite him giving back-to-back poor performances and producing below-average numbers. Some fans also highlighted how the team management dropped Rishabh Pant from the ODI team soon after he had scored a series-winning hundred in England but persisted with Rahul.

Check out the reactions of fans: