IND vs. AFG: Aakash Chopra Calls for Clarity on KL Rahul’s Absence
According to Aakash Chopra, selectors have not provided an explanation for KL Rahul’s exclusion from the forthcoming T20I series against Afghanistan.
Team India’s preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 will begin with the India vs. Afghanistan T20I series.
The competition is slated to take place in the US and the West Indies in June. It’s interesting to note that the Indian squad will only face Afghanistan in three Twenty20 Internationals before the competition.
England will play Team India in five Test matches between January and March. All players would be occupied with IPL 2024 later on.
For the IND against AFG T20I series, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were back in the lineup, but KL Rahul was not.
Aakash Chopra, a former cricket player who is now a commentator, stated on his YouTube channel that he is unsure of the reason for KL Rahul’s exclusion from the team for the IND vs. AFG T20I series.
India’s top three players in the T20 World Cup 2022 were KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma. Rahul has not been listed among them. Or he’s been let go.
The details of what transpired are unclear. However, he is not present. The former India opener stated, “There may be a conversation about that as well.
Ten-time Indian Test player Aakash Chopra added that KL Rahul, if not the opener, may play in the middle order in Twenty20 international cricket.
“Rahul has a strike rate of over 135 in T20 cricket, which is not bad.” You can play the opener in the middle, just like in One-Day Internationals, even if his role isn’t available. You completed it for the tests as well,” the 46-year-old continued.
Last year, KL Rahul was benched from the opening T20I match in favour of Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
In numerous games played last year, Yashasvi Jaiswal was even named as the starter.
Rahul, though, has dominated in both Tests and ODIs. Rahul moved to the wicketkeeper position for India in the 2023 Asia Cup and ODI World Cup following the dismissal of Rishabh Pant.
In Rohit Sharma’s absence during the preceding series against South Africa, he also captained the ODI team. The squad won the series 2-1 with Rahul in charge.
Rahul later participated in the Test series with South Africa. In the first Test, the right-handed batsman broke a lot of records.
Currently, Rahul’s chances of being included in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 roster later this year are slim, as he is not included in the IND vs. AFG T20I series.
Rahul did not play in any T20I matches in the previous season, just as Sharma and Kohli. in order to secure a spot on the team, he will now need to demonstrate his worth in the IPL 2024.
June 1 to June 19 is when the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 will take place. A few days ago, the ICC made the tournament schedule public. India plays in Group A alongside Ireland, the US, Canada, Pakistan, and the US.