Shubman Gill To Replace Out Of Form KL Rahul For Third Test: Reports
KL Rahul looks finally set to be dropped from India’s playing eleven for the upcoming third Test between India and Australia at the Holkar Stadium, Indore. The right-handed batsman is facing the axe after a string of poor displays with the bat.
The team-management and the selectors have provided KL Rahul with a really long rope but the opener has not really managed to justify their faith in him. His form in the ongoing series has been getting worse with each passing innings.
The selectors have already hinted that the under-pressure batsman has all but exhausted his chances by removing him as the vice-captain for the last two Tests. The call came after his poor performances in the first two Tests. He began the series with a 20-run knock in Nagpur.
In the first innings of the recently-concluded Delhi Test, he was out for 17. He had the chance to take all the time in the world and play a good knock in the second innings when India were chasing a modest 114. However, the right-handed batsman departed for just 1.
His overall record in Tests is not good either. He averages a modest 33.44 in 47 Tests and has managed to score only 7 centuries so far. Since that century, his scores in Tests have been – 23, 50, 8, 12, 10, 22, 23, 10, 2, 20, 17, 1.
Shubman Gill to replace KL Rahul:
Each failure of KL Rahul has been met with severe criticism from the Indian cricket fraternity. Several former cricketers especially Venkatesh Prasad have been very vocal about his failures. And he is now reportedly set to be dropped for the penultimate match of the ongoing series.
The report stated that while Rahul might manage to hold his place in the squad, ‘all things, especially losing the vice-captaincy tag, points to Gill replacing him in the next two Tests’. Gill has been performing brilliantly and has been backed by many as the all-format opener.
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