Team India opener KL Rahul has been under the scanner after getting out cheaply in the first two T20Is against England. As he looks to get his midas touch back in the third T20I scheduled to take place on March 16 in Ahmedabad, the talismanic opener has found the support of former India cricketer Aakash Chopra, who has responded to the critics of the ‘runaway match-winner.’
Incidentally, Rahul was dismissed cheaply for just 1 run in the series-opener in Ahmedabad. The cricketer from Karnataka – KL Rahul’s struggles continued in the second T20I where he was handed a duck in the very first over by Sam Curran. With scores of 1 and 0 in his last two innings for Team India, questions have been raised over Rahul’s spot in the team with senior opener Rohit Sharma sitting out and debutant Ishan Kishan impressing on his debut with a magnificent half-century.
Aakash Chopra defends KL Rahul
Amid criticism being thrown at the stylish right-hander, former India batsman and popular commentator Aakash Chopra has defended KL Rahul. The former opener stated if we start asking questions after two poor outings we will make a team of insecure players which will not be helpful during the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to take place later this year in India.
“If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow…Pant day after. And then…will have a team of insecure players,” Chopra wrote in a tweet.
If we start asking questions about a runaway match-winner after just two low-scores, we aren’t going to build a team that’ll win the World Cup. If it’s Rahul today, it’ll be Ishan tomorrow…Pant day after. And then…will have a team of insecure players. IMHO. https://t.co/W369A0jxxb
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 15, 2021
Meanwhile, KL Rahul has been in decent touch during the limited-overs series against Australia. However, lack of game time during the Test series against Australia and England took a toll on his form and he might just have the rough patch. The wicket-keeper batsman is expected to hit the strides soon and shut the critics with his bat.