'Guys are going personally at each other' - Ian Bishop opens up on Kl Rahul's criticism row

Aakash Chopra and Venkatesh Prasad have been going at each other on KL Rahul's form.

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Ian Bishop. (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop has joined the raging conversation of a struggling KL Rahul and adding onto that, the now famous Aakash Chopra versus Venkatesh Prasad saga, after the argument has been ballooning in leaps and bounds.

KL Rahul has been in talks, primarily because of his poor run with the bat in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023. He has been struggling with the bat and the debate around his inclusion in the team has started to gain momentum. And amidst all this, former India cricketers Aakash Chopra and Venkatesh Prasad were at fierce loggerheads about the inclusion or otherwise for the 30-year-old.

He is human: Ian Bishop wants Aakash Chopra and Venkatesh Prasad calm down

"I have no comments on the debate. I think it's part and parcel of every cricketer's life. I've been through it as a player and it's just that it's more magnified by a thousand more times that it would be in some countries. That's because the population size is so big.

Looking from the outside, you sort of think to yourself 'Ok, it's good to have debate' but at the end of the day, the guy is a human being," the 55-year-old said while speaking to veteran sports journalist Vimal Kumar on his YouTube channel.

Bishop refrained from wanting to get involved in any manner in the Chopra vs Prasad feud, but he was very clear in his words that he wanted both the Indian veterans to go easy on KL Rahul and let him have some breathing space. The former right-handed pace bowler stated that such constant pecking and cribbing about a player is bound to take a massive toll on his mental health.

There was just no need to blow things out of proportion and make them personal online. Bishop was of the opinion that KL Rahul is a very talented player and he will definitely turn things around to get back in form as fast as possible.

"To see his name being trolled through social media is not an easy thing. He is a talented cricketer; he will find his way in different formats will take some time. I don't want to get into that personal debate. Guys are going personally at each other. That's not the way it should be. Just talk about it," he signed off.

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