Although KL Rahul has been given a spot in the playing XI for the third and fourth Tests against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, there is much uncertainty about his inclusion. In the first two Tests, Rahul did not do well. The talented batter’s most recent Test half-century occurred in Johannesburg in January 2022 against South Africa. In December 2021, he scored his last Test tonne against the same opposition. He has been subject to harsh criticism from former players.
Nonetheless, some have expressed sympathy for him and suggested that a break could be beneficial. Dinesh Karthik, the standout wicketkeeper-batsman for India, described his own days of adversity when examining KL Rahul’s performance.
“It’s a professional environment; you have to deal with those sad moments, but I think about what he has been through. You leave that way, well aware that this might have been your last inning. I’ve experienced it when you enter the changing room, silently use the restroom, and start to cry. There isn’t much you can do, so it’s not a good feeling.
He also is aware that, if he is benched for the upcoming match, which is very certainly going to happen, it won’t be due to his one innings, but rather to what transpired in the five or six Test matches before that. He is a gentleman. He excels in all formats. I now think it has less to do with technique and more to do with psychological factors. He might need to take a vacation from playing. Return in top form for the ODIs.
Karthik supported Shubman Gill as the Indian team’s opener against Australia in the third Test. “I’ll have to go with Shubman Gill for the time being. He batted superbly. The India XI will only undergo one change (for the third Test). KL Rahul made me feel awful. He has been investigated. But one thing is certain: KL will bounce back strongly, and when he does, few right-handed batters will be able to match him in terms of shot quality and variety “explained DK.