KL Rahul become first choice to be used as opener :
KL Rahul become first choice to be used as opener in first Test of Eng vs India series. There is high probability that KL Rahul will be playing as opener with Rohit Sharma.
5-match Test series is going to be held between England and India. It is scheduled to commence from 4th August, 2021, Wednesday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
After the time period of three years team India will be playing against England on the land of United Kingdom in a five-match Test series.
Mayank Agarwal was ruled out of first Test of five-match series between England and India because of head injury.
Already three players – Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar were sent back to home.
After that, Mayank Agarwal was also ruled out from first Test of the series.
On Monday Mayank Agarwal was hit on his helmet during net session.
Now another challenge is to decide the player who can accompany Rohit Sharma as an opener.
There are two options available for team India. One of two players – KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran will be chosen as opening partner with Rohit Sharma.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India took the decision of sending Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to England. But both of them will not be able to play in the first Test because firstly they have to complete mandatory quarantine period of 10 days.
Reason of preference of KL Rahul over Abhimanyu Easwaran
It is only first year of Easwaran’s international career, so he is very new.
On the other hand, Rahul made his international debut in 2014 and thus he holds more experience.
In that case, probability of Rahul to be chosen as opener is more.
Previously it was expected will be playing as middle-order, But because of Agarwal’s situation is changed now. It is expected that Rahul may get golden opportunity. KL Rahul becomes first choice to be used as opener in first Test of Eng vs India series.
Reason of preference of KL Rahul over Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari is also available in choice to be used as opener but if past performance is considered, Rahul’s career stats are much better. So , KL Rahul become first choice to be used as opener.
KL Rahul has played 36 Test matches up till now and he played as opener in 34 matches out of 36.
In contrast to this, Vihari has played only 12 Test matches up till now and he was used as opener only in one match. This point is also in favor of fact that KL Rahul become first choice to be used as opener.
Rahul also holds the experience of playing as opener in white-ball cricket.
He started his international career in the year 2014 and smashed maiden Test century in second Test match. He became the first Indian to hit a hundred on One Day International debut as well as the third Indian to hit a hundred in all three formats of international cricket.
Considering all aspects, there are high chances that KL Rahul become first choice to be used as opener.
India’s squad for 1st Test:
- Rohit Sharma
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Virat Kohli (captain)
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Hanuma Vihari
- Rishabh Pant
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Axar Patel
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Ishant Sharma
- Mohammed Shami
- Mohammed Siraj
- Shardul Thakur
- Umesh Yadav
- KL Rahul
- Wriddhiman Saha
- Abhimanyu Easwaran