KL Rahul
In the first two Tests against Australia, KL Rahul performed poorly.

The former head selector of Team India, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, has recommended that the team play young opener Shubman Gill instead of the inconsistent KL Rahul.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth, a former top selector for Team India, has advocated for youthful opener Shubman Gill to replace KL Rahul, an ineffective batter. While Rohit Sharma’s India side now holds an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the Border Gavaskar Trophy, Rahul’s play has been causing for concern. Rahul has been demoted from his vice-captaincy role but kept in the team for the third and fourth Tests against Australia. But, skipper Rohit and head coach Rahul Dravid have backed the under-firing batsman.

Srikkanth added that if he was the top selector, he would’ve ordered Rahul to take a sabbatical from the sport.

“Although I greatly respect Rahul’s sophistication—in fact, I like to refer to him as “Rolls Royce Rahul”—things aren’t working out for him at the moment. If I were chairman of selectors, I would have approached him and suggested he take a sabbatical “The Tamil newspaper TOI quoted Srikkanth as saying.

Srikkanth elaborated on Rahul’s difficulties, saying that he is fighting more of a mental war than he is a mechanical deficit in his game.

“I cannot pinpoint a technical shortcoming in his game at the moment. I think this is more mental and all Rahul needs to do is take a break and clear his thoughts out. There’s no reason why he can’t come back all guns blazing. Although I much admire Rahul, I must now play Shubman. Once a player is in top form, he should not be made to wait “Srikanth remarked.

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