Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is not in favour of KL Rahul protecting wickets in ODIs. The former opener believes Rahul is a helpful asset and may not be burdened with the job of wicket-protecting in ODIs. Gambhir additionally opined that it was not a great concept to tinker with KL Rahul’s batting place and opening is greatest fitted to the trendy proper-hander.
India on Wednesday, handed debut to Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal in the primary ODI towards New Zealand at Hamilton after Rohit Sharma was dominated out with a calf damage. Agarwal and Shaw opened the batting, changing into the fourth opening pair for India to have made their debut in the identical ODI.
“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 opening combination,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.
India skipper Virat Kohli talked about on the eve of the primary ODI towards New Zealand that Rahul will proceed to maintain wickets and bat at No.5 for India in ODIs.
“… Could have Rishabh Rahul keep wickets, 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,” Gambhir mentioned.
“The bigger picture is that India are in a commanding position. These phases in sports can prompt some audacious moves. More often than not the sporting luck favours the brave in such situation. Kohli has his work cut out in the absence of Rohit. He will have to present his ‘A’ game if India are to challenge the hosts. Let us all go easy on young Prithvi. He is making a comeback. The word from the Mumbai maidans hasn’t been encouraging but we can do well to give some space to him,” Gambhir mentioned.
Meanwhile, India placed on 347 for four after being despatched in to bat first. Shreyas Iyer scored his maiden ODI hundred and KL Rahul made a strokefull 88 off 64 balls.