KL Rahul’s performance in the two matches played thus far in the series against Australia has been lethargic, with him accumulating only 38 runs in three innings. In addition, in his last 11 innings spanning six Tests since the beginning of 2022, he has only managed to score 175 runs.
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Understanding the Backlash: Analyzing KL Rahul’s Recent Poor Performance
KL Rahul drew harsh criticism for his clumsy performance against Australia on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, KL Rahul continued his inferior form in Test cricket, as he was dismissed for a low score once again. During the Delhi Test, with India requiring only 115 runs to win and take a 2-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Rahul was ousted by Nathan Lyon on just his third delivery, resulting in the opener being dismissed for 1 run.
The Indian opener’s career seems to be going from bad to worse as he has been facing criticism and slams for his underperforming spree. The credibility of the player has thronged under waves of questions, questioning his inclusion to be among the men in blue. The Indian skipper seem reckoning to hit rock bottom in his professional career.
The replacement for the opener batsman, according to sources, is in the lineup. Subham Gill is believed to be replacing the out-of-form KL Rahul, in the batting hierarchy. The Punjab skipper is believed to be in decent form in ODIs and T20Is, having scored his maiden Test ton in Bangladesh, in December. As a result, Gill is almost certain to replace Rahul in the third Test against Australia, which begins on March 1 in Indore.
Breaking Down KL Rahul’s Performance: Is the Criticism Justified?
Rahul has been facing significant criticism, with former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad among his detractors, urging for his removal from the Test team. Prasad took to Twitter after Rahul’s dismissal for 17 in the first innings of the Delhi Test and launched a scathing attack on the opener and his selection.
Prasad criticized the management’s obstinacy in persisting with a player who has not demonstrated the necessary aptitude. He tweeted, “In the last 20 years of Indian cricket, no top-order batsman has played as many Tests as possible with such a low average, and the dismal run of form continues.”
While netizens, particularly irritated cricket fans, have not remained silent as Rahul set back continue to pile up, here are some of the sarcastic memes and trolls that have surfaced on Twitter.
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