IND vs AUS: Direction and condition changed in 6 years, Rahul took flight at the age of 25, now career at stake
Rahul was the third highest run scorer in the 2016-17 Border Gavaskar series.
The first match of the Test series between India and Australia will be held in Nagpur.
New Delhi. There is only 1 day left in the beginning of the Test series between India and Australia. There is talk all around about the playing XI in the Nagpur Test. When Australia toured India in the year 2017, at that time Team India had a tall player. Yes, we are talking about KL Rahul, who has the ability to easily take the ball outside the boundary. But after 6 years, the direction and condition of his career has completely changed.
Rahul’s beginning was such that everyone believed that he would never look back. But two years came in his career in such a way that Rahul was neither here nor there. However, in the 2016-17 Border Gavaskar series, Rahul was the third highest run-scorer after Steven Smith and Cheteshwar Pujara. During that time he crossed the 50 mark 10 times in 14 innings. When he was 25, he had scored centuries in all three formats. But the Test season of 2018 came in such a way that everything changed.
Questions raised on his technique in 2018
4 years ago, KL Rahul’s Test season was very bad. He scored only 468 runs in 12 Test matches. During that time Rahul’s average was 22.28. After this, Rahul returned in 2021, when he scored a century in Lord’s and Centurion, bringing stagnation in his batting. After this, criticism started in his T20 format. In the absence of Rohit Sharma in 2022, he also took over the team command. But this year also did not go much in terms of his form.
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Now Shubman Gill has become a wall
Talking about the last 8 Test innings, the vice-captain played only one half-century innings. His average was only around 17. After this performance, the competition has reached its peak to make him a place in the playing XI against Australia. The first option is young batsman Shubman Gill, who is presenting his claim with consecutive centuries. Now it will be interesting to see who captain Rohit Sharma gives a chance in Nagpur Test.
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Tags: Border Gavaskar Trophy, India vs Australia, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, team india
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 08, 2023, 20:31 IST