Indian batter KL Rahul, who was considered to be the future captain of Team India, is now lagging far behind in the race to get the captaincy of the team because the last few months did not fare well for him as he couldn’t get his older form back. Now, the Indian Cricket Board has sacked him from the vice-captaincy role after his disastrous performance in the first two Tests of the four-match series against Australia.
Earlier, he also lost the vice-captaincy of the T20 and ODI format, which was given to Hardik Pandya, who was seen leading the team well, and his individual performance was not affected either. Rahul was included as the vice-captain in the Indian squad selected for the first two Test matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023, but he was a complete flop in both of these Test matches.
Even before this, he couldn’t provide anything big in the Bangladesh Test tour as well, however, he was also leading the team. In the last 10 Test innings, he has not been able to score more than 23 runs even once. Now, when the official cricket board of India announced the team for the remaining two Test matches against Australia, the right-hander got a place in the team but the vice-captaincy role was removed from his name. The team management has not given vice-captaincy to anyone for these two test matches yet.
We'll continue to back him: Rahul Dravid
The 30-year-old batter was dismissed for just 1 run in the second innings of the 2nd Test of the series and has scored just 38 runs in three innings in the series. His average hit a further low of 17 in the last 10 innings, which includes a solitary fifty-plus score. Meanwhile, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid back the Indian opener and said that they’ll continue to back him.
"I think he needs to trust his processes. This is just a phase, he has been one of our most successful overseas openers. He’s got hundreds in South Africa and England, we’ll continue to back him. I believe he has the quality and class to come out of this. It is great working with this unit, managing formats is the most difficult part. But there’s not a lot of technical coaching, just simple conversations and challenging them, and giving them a pat on the back when they do well," Dravid told Star Sports.
Here's how fans reacted:
Demotion after marriage— Mantu Bhattacharya (@MantuBhattacha2) February 19, 2023
First of all he should not be in the squad. Dravid ka ladla.— Mukund (@Mukund80184712) February 20, 2023
Bahar ka raste dikhane ka 1st step— Deepak Swami (@DeepakS20498990) February 20, 2023
Select Gill and make him vice captain. This kid is good.— EthanHunt (@ethanhunt2026) February 19, 2023
Now KL Rahul in the Playing XI pic.twitter.com/4c3CCR4xQm— Arvind (@airwind_ac) February 19, 2023