KL Rahul’s axing is poor planning by India’s selectors

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    The Indian team for the ODI series against New Zealand has been announced, with the biggest snub the exclusion of KL Rahul.

    Team management has handled Rahul’s limted overs career strangely.

    While Rohit Sharma missed the Sri Lanka ODI series, the Indian thinktank pushed Rahul to number four, instead of his regular opening slot. Making a comeback from injury, Rahul failed in the few games he played and did not feature against Australian in either the recent ODI or T20 series.

    India’s captain and coach promised to try out youngsters in preparation for the 2019 World Cup, but the teams for the last few ODI series have by and large remained the same.

    The pace bowling attack has mostly remained with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah, with the spinners likewise similar. The batting order has seen some changes, but no new names. The selectors have also recalled Dinesh Karthik for the home series against New Zealand and while he has done well in the domestic competitions, his selection sticks out like a sore thumb.

    If the ODI team is being selected with the World Cup in mind, Rishabh Pant should have been selected as MS Dhoni’s backup, but he’s seemingly out of favour.

    The selection of Shradul Thakur is a good one, but why the youngster was dropped for the last ODI series is a mystery. Mohammed Shami has been India’s best ODI pacer over last few years, but has been discarded from the format.

    Once again, the selection committee has shown no imagination in preparing adequate bench strength ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Rahul will be extremely disappointed – as he should be. He is a good young player and has done extremely well with the limited opportunities he has received. The decision to drop him is unfair.

    The Indian team taking on New Zealand for the three ODI matches might win the series, but the selectors have once again missed a golden opportunity to blood young talent. This time though, they have dropped one of India’s best limited-overs talents.

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • October 17th 2017 @ 9:22am
      Paul said | October 17th 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

      It’s interesting that South Africa have made it very clear they are using the next 12 months to try new players and new combinations in their search for the best squad to play in the World Cup, yet India seems inclined to stick with a very conservative selection approach. There’s nothing wrong with that, if all you want to do is win series but of you want to see players develop and “blood” players in the international arena, now’s the time to do it.

      India might be missing a trick or two.

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        October 17th 2017 @ 9:27am
        Giri Subramanian said | October 17th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        Yup the Indian team since the beginning of the year has almost remained the same except for the axing of Yuvraj Singh. Now they have dropped young Rahul from the team which does not make sense to me.

    • October 17th 2017 @ 6:17pm
      Tanmoy Kar said | October 17th 2017 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

      In presence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan none of the other openers viz. K. L. Rahul or Ajinkya Rahane have any chance of playing, though I prefer Rahul instead of Rahane as a 3rd. opener. Now Rahul should play a couple of Ranji Trophy matches to get himself prepared for the up-coming Test Series against Sri Lanka starting next month.

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        October 18th 2017 @ 8:48am
        Giri Subramanian said | October 18th 2017 @ 8:48am | ! Report

        Rahul will find it difficult to make the test X1 as well considering Murali Vijay is expected to be fit for the SL tests. Dhawan is almost a certainty for tests in Asia, so that leaves Rahul out of all three formats.

    • December 11th 2017 @ 7:36am
      BCCISucks said | December 11th 2017 @ 7:36am | ! Report

      Smacks of shady Mumbai mafia pulling strings. Rahul’s career is done. You can stick a fork in it.

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