The former Pakistani skipper blames the BCCI for KL Rahul’s poor form in Test cricket

KL Rahul had a forgettable spell in Test cricket for India during the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The 30-year-old failed to hit any big runs in the first two games despite being favored over the in-form Shubman Gill. KL’s inability to hit big runs in home conditions drew heavy criticism from many of the game’s former greats and pundits.

Updated 03/19/2023 | 10:45 AM IST

KL Rahul was dropped from India’s Playing XI and sacked as vice-captain after failing to shoot in the first two Tests.

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KL Rahul was Team India’s top scorer in the first ODI of the three-game series against Australia, played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Friday (17 March). The right-hander, 30, went unbeaten in 75 runs and helped India chase the target of 189 runs in 39.5 overs while dropping five wickets. KL’s place on the team was questioned before the game started, but he silenced the critics by playing a great shot in the opening game of the ODI series.

Before launching the first ODI, KL went through a lean period in international cricket. He was dropped from the Playing XI in Test format after consistently not hitting big runs. He was even dropped from the Test vice-captain with many asking questions about his form and his place in the side. He has been labeled a flat-track bully and someone who only scores runs in the IPL.

But according to former Pakistani skipper Salman Butt, if anyone should be blamed for Rahul’s sustained poor form and criticism, it was none other than the BCCI’s selection committee. According to Butt, the selectors should be held accountable for Rahul’s criticism for continuing to play him even when he was struggling, and that exposed him.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Butt said that despite having in-form Shubman Gill in the roster, management always backed the out-of-form Rahul.

“KL Rahul was criticized a lot during his lean period. I believe India’s selection committee is to blame for Rahul’s criticism. They consistently kept playing him even though he was out of shape. They exposed him by doing that even though he had a in-form player like Shubman Gill in the squad. Yes, you have to give your players confidence, but that also comes through communication and you can protect them from unnecessary criticism,” said Butt.

Although KL has scored 150 points in Test cricket since early 2022, KL was assisted against Gill in the first two games of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, leading to heavier criticism for him.


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