Inclusion of KL Rahul for Australia & New Zealand ODIs irks Twitterati

Rahul has been consistently under-performing.

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KL Rahul. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
Shubham Ghosh

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He is going through one of the worst phases of his career, failing to score a fifty in his last 12 international innings despite being one of India’s premier batsmen. Yet KL Rahul has been retained for the Indian squad for the next three series abroad – all in the limited-over formats. On Monday, the out-of-form batsman’s name was announced as part of the squads for the ODIs in Australia and the ODIs and T20Is in New Zealand scheduled in January-February. And the decision has clearly left the Twitter baffled.

Rahul’s only fifty since Oval hundred came against Afghanistan in September

KL Rahul’s last international innings of prominence came at the Oval in September when he wrapped up the five-match Test series versus England with a hundred. He has scored only one fifty since then in international cricket and it came against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup in September. The only other time he crossed the fifty-run mark was against Cricket Australia XI in a side game in Sydney. In the first two Tests that Rahul has played against Australia, he has managed 48 runs at an average of 12.

The batsman with his horrific run with the willow has yet been getting chances to play regularly for the national team and the Twitter has found it inexplicable. Even young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant could make it only to the T20I squad against New Zealand and the fans were unhappy with the decision to continue with Rahul, even at the expense of Pant.

Rahul has luck going his way in the Test series against Australia since the other specialist opener Prithvi Shaw got ruled out of the series with an ankle injury. With him being left out of the third Test, ODIs in Australia and New Zealand might just be the last chance to redeem his international career now.

Here’s how Twitter expressed its disappointment over Rahul’s selection: