'KL Rahul has been given enough chances' - Danish Kaneria wants India to consider Shubman Gill for 2023 World Cup
Gill is part of India's ODI squad for New Zealand tour.
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Former Pakistan cricketer Dinesh Kaneria has said that KL Rahul's recent struggles should be enough for the Indian team management to consider Shubman Gill at his spot with a sight on the 2023 World Cup preparations.
Rahul came under scrutiny for their approach while opening an innings at the T20 World Cup 2022 tournament as he managed to score only 128 runs from six innings at an average of 21.33 and a strike rate of 120.75.
He managed to score two fifties but they came against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and his approach while batting in the powerplay overs drew a lot of criticism from the fans and former cricketers.
India will have to look at Shubman Gill keeping the 2023 World Cup in mind: Danish Kaneria
“India will have to look at Shubman Gill, keeping the (2023) World Cup in mind. He is a fantastic player. Rohit Sharma will remain captain in ODIs, but he will need good players. KL Rahul has been given enough chances, but he did not deliver. He was not consistent. But Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson have been giving consistent performances,” Kaneria said on his Youtube channel.
Meanwhile, after securing the T20I series, the Indian team will be facing New Zealand in the three-match ODI series starting on November 25 in Auckland. Indian management decided to rest senior key players Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli for the New Zealand tour. All three are part of India's next tour to Bangladesh where they will play three ODIs and two Tests.
Shikhar Dhawan will be leading the ODI squad on the New Zealand tour but the fans' focus will be on the young batter Gill. The 23-year-old opener failed to make an appearance in the T20I series but is expected to open with Dhawan in the ODIs.
Gill has impressive numbers in ODI cricket with 579 runs from 12 innings at an impressive average of 57.90, including one century and three fifties. But the question remains on whether he will start for India in the next World Cup with Rohit and Rahul in the squad.