KL Rahul was left off of India’s Twenty20 International team against Afghanistan. Sanju Samson and Jitesh Sharma were the BCCI’s top picks for the wicket-keeping positions.
India’s roster for the three-match T20I Test series against Afghanistan was eventually revealed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), ending the long wait. Some fans were obviously thrilled to see players like Sanju Samson, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli in the team. But some were also left wondering why wicketkeeper batsman KL Rahul wasn’t there. The selection committee had other ideas in mind, thus the Karnataka boy, who has made his mark in ODIs and Test matches, was unable to secure a spot in the team as an opener or middle-order hitter.
Rahul, who hit a century on the challenging Centurion pitch, was among India’s best players during the South African tour. However, Ajit Agarkar’s selection committee was unable to get him a place in the Afghanistan assignment’s shortest format team.
Why KL Rahul Wasn’t Picked For Afghanistan T20Is?
Rahul was passed over for the three-match T20I series because the selectors preferred other candidates for the opening and middle-order positions, according to an Indian Express article. Although Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal’s rise made the fight for the two opening places more fierce. Rahul has started the majority of his Twenty20 International matches as the opener.
There was no longer a space open at the top of the batting order with players like Rohit and Kohli in the squad.
The selectors felt that Jitesh Sharma and Sanju Samson were the stronger finishers when it came to wicket-keepers. Rahul, though, hasn’t yet assumed this function in Twenty20 Internationals. However, Rahul will be able to establish himself as a skilled finisher who keeps wickets in the 2018 Indian Premier League.
If the Karnataka youngster wants to be included in India’s T20 World Cup squad. He has to accept this responsibility at his team, the Lucknow Super Giants, and make sure he performs.
Regarding Ishan Kishan’s absence, not much is known. A ‘personal situation’ led the wicket-keeper batsman to request relief from the Test series against South Africa. When he would be available again and the cause for his withdrawal are currently unknown.