Explosive batsman KL Rahul is one of the top contenders for the opening slots for India’s first Test against Australia next week but his ability to get out in new ways has not gone down well with assistant coach Sanjay Bangar.
The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and 18-year-old sensation Prithvi Shaw scored brilliant half-centuries in the first innings of a warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI, barring KL Rahul, who has been such a massive disappointment across all the formats.
However, Bangar also shared that Rahul is just one knock away from getting his form back.
“Rahul has been looking in good shape, including today. It is just that he is finding new ways to get out. Even today, the ball was quite afar when he played it away from his body and lost his wicket. But what we are reading is that he is playing the ball well and he is only one hit away from getting his form back,” Bangar shared.
But he also advised the experienced batsman to take more responsibility as a batsman.
Bangar explained, “We know his ability and if he converts that to performance then it is important for the team. He is not a young player anymore and he is on his second tour here. He has played 30 Tests and he has a responsibility. We expect him to play with that responsibility and play his role for the team.”
Former Indian batsman also clarified that there are still some slots to be taken in the batting line-up. He made it clear that the opening slot, as well as number six slot for the opening Test in Adelaide, is still up for grabs.
“I would say there are still some spots to be taken. We will keep a close eye on how the second innings goes and it gives some other batsmen a hit especially Murali Vijay and middle order batsmen, and see how they go. There are certain spots to be taken still. We are looking at the opening slot as well as the number six slot. Those are the positions we are still looking at, we have not decided yet,” Bangar shared.
The first Test will be played between both the teams in Adelaide on December 6, followed by the second Test in Perth on December 14 and the third Test match in Melbourne on December 26. The final Test match will be played inside the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 3.
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