The last few months in the game have been tough for India star batsman KL Rahul. After an extremely successful season at IPL 2020, where he was the highest run-scorer and piled on 670 runs at an average of 55.83 with 1 hundred and 5 fifties, he has been on a downward spiral.
He had to return from the national team after he suffered a wrist injury post the T20Is series against Australia.
But ever since he recovered from it, his game seems to have taken a beating. Rahul registered scores of 1,0,0 and 14 in the first four matches of the T20I series against England and was dropped for the fifth and final game.
Former India batsman Deep Dasgupta feels that India have a tricky call to make on the inclusion of KL Rahul for the ODI series against England.
While he added that KL Rahul has in the past done well for India as the No. 5 batsmen and wicket-keeper, going by current form Rishabh Pant should be picked ahead of the Punjab Kings skipper.
“Virat has already mentioned that Shikhar and Rohit will open. If you go by numbers, KL is very good batting at No. 5 and also keeping wickets. If you go by numbers, KL Rahul has done well in the past but if you go by current form, it will be Rishabh Pant,” Dasgupta told Sports Today.
Dasgupta added that it will be tough on KL Rahul as a batsman if he also loses his spot in the ODI team as well now, after having been out of favour in the other two formats for Team India.
Will pick Rishabh over KL Rahul in playing XI, says Dasgupta
“The big question is what happens now (to KL Rahul)? I don’t know, it’s going to be a tough one. On the one side, you’d want Rishabh to bat at No. 5. He is evolving as a cricketer, you want that to continue and that will help him also.
“On the other hand, you have a class act like KL Rahul, who is not in form. He has lost his place in the T20I side, in the Test before this. If he loses his places in the ODI side, I don’t know where it puts him, in terms of the India team in all 3 formats. That’s a very tricky one,” he added.