Indian batter KL Rahul suffered a major setback after performing poorly against Australia in the first two matches of the two-match Test series. It is reported that the right-handed opener will not be a part of the third Test match which is set to take place on March 1 in Indore. Young Indian batter Shubman Gill might get a chance in playing XI.
Meanwhile, Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik backed and encouraged Rahul for a comeback. Giving his example, he has asked the Indian batter to exercise restraint and has also given him advice.
“He also knows for a fact that if he’s going to be dropped for the next match, which is pretty much an eventuality, it is not because of the one innings, it is because of what has transpired in the last five-six Test matches. He is a class player. He is very good in all formats. At this point, I don’t think it’s the technique, it’s what is happening between the ears. He might need some time away from the game. Come back fresh for the ODIs,” Karthik said on Cricbuzz.
You’ve got to deal with those sorrowful moments: Dinesh Karthik
Karthik said he has also gone through the same phase in his life and he too had shed tears, however, he also said that he will go with Gill for the remaining two Tests as he is in form of his life. However, despite his bad form, Rahul got a place in the ODI squad against Australia which is set to take place at the end of March.
“This is a professional world, you’ve got to deal with those sorrowful moments but as a player when I look at what he has gone through. When you get out that way knowing very well this could have been your last innings. It has happened to me when you go into the dressing room, quietly walk into the toilet, and shed a tear or two. It’s not a nice feeling because there’s not much you can do,” he said.
“Temporarily for the moment, I will have to go with Shubman Gill. He batted beautifully. There will be just one change in the India XI (for the third Test). I felt bad for KL Rahul. He has been under the scanner. But One thing is for sure, KL will come back strongly and when he does, there are not too many right-handed batters who can match him with the quality and range of shots,” DK said.
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