After Rahul's dismissal, Twitterati blasted the opening batsman for his poor choice of shot and lauded him for his 'consistency'
Sydney: KL Rahul, who was included in the Indian team for the Sydney Test instead of Rohit Sharma, failed once again. The Indian opener was dismissed for only nine runs on the opening day at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.
Rahul went with hard hands and could only get the outside edge which was caught by Shaun Marsh at first slip off Josh Hazlewood.
During this whole series, Rahul's form has been disappointing, and the experts have raised serious questions about his place in the team.
Murali Vijay and Rahul were not included in the team for the third Test in Melbourne due to poor form. But before the fourth Test, Rohit had to return home on the occasion of his daughter's birth. Rahul was included in the team, and he was given the responsibility to open the innings. He has scored just 57 runs in five innings so far.
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He hasn't been able to hit the ground running and has lacked confidence in his batting approach. The right-hander has thus far failed on the tour of Australia. Rahul had tough going against the incoming ball and was dismissed via Leg Before Wicket and bowled on most of the occasions.
Well-known cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote on Twitter, "Realistically, the only other option for India was to play Hardik Pandya for KL Rahul and leave Vihari to open. But India don't seem able to pick either Pandya or Bhuvi."
After the Perth Test, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had said that Rahul should go to India and play domestic cricket.
After Rahul's dismissal, Twitterati blasted the opening batsman for his poor choice of shot and lauded him for his 'consistency'.
Here is what Indian fans had to say on Rahul
KL Rahul trying to come back to form: pic.twitter.com/eIPoA21583— Mohammed Ibrahim Farooqui (@iBM1105) January 2, 2019
Virat Kohli: What was the need to bat at a strike rate of 150 and lose your wicket?— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 3, 2019
KL Rahul: pic.twitter.com/FDQmR9dScD
The worst thing that can happen now to KL Rahul is watching the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand from the bench. With Karnataka all but likely to make the Ranji knockouts, his inclusion could be mutually beneficial.— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) January 3, 2019
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul two different sides of same coin— AKSHAY SHARMA (@akshaygoutam7) January 3, 2019
Ye KL RAHUL ko team me kaun liya wapas ?😢— R E B E L (@Gadhvilaxman) January 3, 2019
Thank God I didn't woke up such early morning just to see KL RAHUL out. A legend for a reason. 🙏 #AusvsInd— Debapriyo Choudhury (@debapriyo_tweet) January 3, 2019
Last Updated 1:16 PM IST