KL Rahul’s Team India lost the three-match ODI series against South Africa with one game remaining after losing the Test series 2-1. While the third One-Day International is set to take place on January 23, Punjab Kings uploaded a post inviting fans to vote for their favorite playing XI. However, they failed to include the previous captain KL Rahul on their poster, despite the fact that Rahul will be the team’s captain.
KL Rahul, on the other hand, has been criticized for his poor captaincy. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said stand-in skipper KL Rahul looked stumped in the first ODI against South Africa in Paarl on Wednesday. When Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen added a game-winning stand, he remarked that. Gavaskar told Sports Today that it’s still early days for KL Rahul as a skipper and that he expects India to perform well in the next two ODIs.
Sunil Gavaskar questioned KL Rahul’s role in India’s bowling changes, claiming that Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should have bowled more overs and Venkatesh Iyer might have bowled in the middle overs. That, he feels, might cause problems for both Bavuma and van der Dussen, who both scored 204 runs. South Africa, on the other hand, scored 296/4 in 50 overs and then limited India to 265/8.
“Well, when there is a partnership, sometimes the captain goes out of ideas. I think that is what happened. This was a very good pitch to bat on. The ball was coming onto the bat quite nicely, you can play through the line,” Gavaskar said.
“During that partnership, it did look as if he had run out of ideas. KL Rahul didn’t know where to go. when you have your two-most experienced death-overs bowlers in Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, you have to keep them for the last 5-6 overs. So that’s where you can actually stop the opposition from running away with a big score. But, these are early days of his captaincy and maybe things will turn around, let’s hope for Indian cricket’s sake that things turn around in the next couple of days,” he further added.