Team India opener KL Rahul’s poor run in T20I cricket continues as he was knocked over by Mark Wood for a duck in the third over of the 3rd T20I between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli & Co’s poor start with the bat continues as with KL Rahul so far managing only 1 run from three innings in the ongoing series.
It was a replica of the first match where Eoin Morgan won the toss and put India to bat first. India made one change bringing in Rohit Sharma in place last match’s debutant Suryakumar Yadav, who didn’t get an opportunity to showcase his talent. India started in a precautionary manner as England unleashed their pace duo – Jofra Archer and Mark Wood against the Indian openers.
KL Rahul’s lean patch with the bat continues
Rohit, who is back from a short back got a life early on after Archer missed a dolly off his own bowling. But Wood made up for it knocking over KL Rahul’s stump with a brilliant in-swinger. There was some serious pace on the delivery, as the ball jags sharply back in from a back of a length, and breaches the gaping hole between Rahul’s bat and pad.
It was a nothing shot really, he was just late on the ball, and KL Rahul has a lot of thinking to do about this dismissal. He tried to work this from outside off towards the on-side, and that’s a terrible shot to play first up and India lose their first wicket.
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Meanwhile, ahead of the start of the game, some section of the media backed the management to drop KL Rahul owing to poor returns. However, he received the backing of former India cricketer Aakash Chopra who 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.