Updated: February 5, 2020 1:18:09 pm
KL Rahul, whose unbeaten 64-ball 88 helped India post 347/4 in 50 overs within the 1st ODI in opposition to New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday, as soon as once more flourished within the position of the finisher, batting at No. 5. Following up on his 52-ball 80 in the identical position in opposition to Australia within the latest ODI sequence, Rahul scored 77 runs in his final 47 balls, with six sixes.
Having recovered from a patchy run, Rahul has entered the brand new 12 months in roaring kind, proving himself in every role he has been played in – opener, center order batsman, finisher, wicketkeeper and even stand-in captain.
Mohammed Kaif, referring to the flexibility Rahul has proven, stated, “KL Rahul is Team India’s very own Swiss knife.”
Opens the innings ✅
Keeps wickets ✅
Stands in as captain ✅
Now finishes massive for his crew ✅
KL Rahul is Team India’s very personal Swiss knife! #NZvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 5, 2020
Irfan Pathan famous on Wednesday that it’s surprising how Rahul has been ignored from the Test squad for the upcoming sequence in New Zealand regardless of being in this sort of kind.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 5, 2020
However, there have been others who’ve recommended that Rahul be given one particular position and that he be allowed to flourish in that.
“I am not sure if it is a great idea to remove KL Rahul from the top of the order. If anything India could have gone with a Rahul-Agarwal combination and have Rishabh Pant keep wickets,” Gautam Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.
“Rahul is a valuable asset and should be well looked after. Yes, he has done some good work behind the stumps in the games that he has kept. But I am not sure he should be expected to keep in the 50-over format,” he added.
Aakash Chopra, writing in ESPNCricinfo, stated, “I would strongly recommend they play a frontline keeper in the ODIs against New Zealand and South Africa, and let Rahul flourish as an opener. Having him keep looks like a magic formula at the moment, but that mustn’t allow the selectors to take their eyes off the bigger picture.”
Rahul was taking part in because the wicketkeeper within the 1st ODI as soon as once more, with Rishabh Pant on the bench.
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