Currently, the first practice match is being played in Durham with County XI. In this match, KL Rahul, playing as a wicketkeeper in the absence of Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha, has scored a century. So the team’s Test specialist player Cheteshwar Pujara could not perform anything special in both the innings. Due to which it is now believed that Rahul can be included in the playing XI in place of Pujara in the upcoming Test series.
Cheteshwar Pujara Flop, KL Rahul Hit
Veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting has been under question for some time now. Recently, he also failed to score runs in the Test Championship final, after which he had to face a lot of criticism. Now even in the first practice match, Pujara’s bat could not speak.
He was dismissed for 21 runs in 47 balls in the first innings. So there in the second inningsgave Pujara a chance to open, after which he was dismissed for 38 runs in 58 balls. He could not even score a half-century in both the innings. While KL Rahul retired after scoring 101 runs in 150 balls in the first innings.
Now KL Rahul’s place in the playing XI confirmed?
After the flop in the Test Championship, there was a discussion in the cricket corridors that KL Rahul could be included in the Indian playing XI in the upcoming England series in place of Cheteshwar Pujara. But now that Rahul has scored a century in the practice match in England conditions, the speculations seem to be getting even stronger that he should be included in the team in place of Pujara.
In fact, earlier it was discussed that Rahul can also get a chance in place of Shubman Gill. But through the reports, it came to light that Rahul can do better in the middle order than the opening. In such a situation, now he can be seen playing in the Test series starting from August 4 in place of Pujara. Let us tell you that before this, KL Rahul also scored a century in the 2018 England series.