Monday, February 20, 2023

KL Rahul is retained in the Test squad but loses his VC role against Australia

KL Rahul stays in Test squad but loses VC role against Australia

Delhi, India: KL Rahul has been able to keep his spot in the Indian team for the final two Test matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy despite a poor run of form. Interestingly, unlike the first two Tests, the India Cricket Board (BCCI) statement signed by Jay Shah on Sunday did not mention Rahul as vice-captain for the series. When regular captain Rohit Sharma was injured and unable to play, Rahul led the Indian team in Bangladesh in December.

In addition, Ishan Kishan was mentioned as the sole wicketkeeper for the subsequent three-match ODI series against Australia. The selectors have not assigned wicketkeeping duties to Rahul, who remains in the ODI squad. However, Rahul and the team management have insisted that his batting and wicket-keeping at No. 5 gives the ODI team more balance.

Jaydev Unadkat, who was let go from the team to play for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy final this week, has also been reinstated in the Test squad.

According to statements from the Indian camp, it appears that the management of the Indian team is convinced of Rahul's two centuries in 2021 at Lord's and Centurion.

Rohit stated on Sunday, "If you look at the couple of hundreds he got outside of India, one of the best I have seen from KL," particularly the one at Lord's batting on that damp pitch after losing the toss and being put in to bat.

The national selectors and team management, according to TOI, have identified Rahul as a "big player" who requires space.

His batting has been the subject of much discussion recently. Be that as it may, the group the board, we generally take a gander at the capability of any individual, not simply KL. Numerous players have been the subject of numerous inquiries. Guys will get that extended run if they have potential. Anyone, not just KL, is involved. He put in a great performance in England, and centurion was another. Playing in England is never easy. India prevailed in both contests. That is his potential," Rohit continued. We won't pay too much attention to what one person is doing because the issue at hand is how everyone needs to work together. That is my thought regarding KL because it is a significant series for us.

However, BCCI sources confirmed that the selectors purposefully chose not to name a vice-captain. This could indicate to Rahul that he won't be in a position to stay for very long.

Unadkat, Jadeja back for ODIs

The selectors likewise named Unadkat in the ODI crew. In 2013, the left-arm medium-pacer played his last ODI in a home series against the West Indies. Arshdeep Singh has not been selected for the ODI series, which is interesting. Since the Asia Cup in September, Ravindra Jadeja also makes a comeback in white-ball cricket. In July of last year, he played an ODI in England.

India's Test team for Australia's third and fourth matches: KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (captain), KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Mohammad Shami Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, and Siraj

India's ODI squad for the match with Australia: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, K L Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mohd Mohammad Shami Jaydev Unadkat, Axar Patel, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, and Siraj

* Hardik Pandya will lead the team in the first one-day international because Rohit Sharma has family obligations. 

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