Indian opener KL Rahul had a worst couple of years. He had almost no runs under his belt and lacked serious amount of consistency. However he has finally scored back-to-back half-centuries and has announced his returning to form.
With his performance he has given a strong case for his selection in the World Cup squad. Rahul is currently captaining the India A side against England Lions for the unofficial Test series.
Rahul scored 89 runs off 192 balls in the first Test. However that game ended in a draw. He followed his knock with a beautiful 81 runs off 166 balls on Wednesday. He gave his team a good start in the second Test and continued his good form.
In his knock of 81, Rahul struck eleven boundaries and stitched a partnership of 178 runs with Abhimanyu Easwaran (117). After Rahul got out, Priyank Panchal (50) added 74 runs with Easwaran for the second wicket. India posted 282 for loss of three wickets at the end of Wednesday’s play.
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Will Rahul get another opportunity before the World Cup?
India’s U19 coach Rahul Dravid is currently supervising the India A team. KL Rahul’s return to form is another great example of what Dravid’s coaching can do to a player.
Meanwhile there are report that suggest that Rahul might get an opportunity against Australia. If he performs well there he can be India’s reserve opener in the ICC World Cup. The selection for the Australia series will be held in Mumbai on 15 February, Friday.
BCCI Chief MSK Prasad said that he was extremely disappointed to see Rahul’s form drop. However he suggested that Rahul is still in the scheme of things for the World Cup.
It would be interesting to see the invisible battle between Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul. Rahane is also in the list for selection. He is currently captaining the Rest of India side in the Irani Cup and could only contribute 13 runs in the first innings.