Team India’s stand-in captain for the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane has admitted that KL Rahul being ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand due to injury has been a big blow. He, however, expressed confidence the youngsters in the team will rise to the occasion. Apart from Rahul, Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test while Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant will miss both the Tests.
Team India’s new T20 vice-captain KL Rahul has stated that he is excited to work with Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid as the team looks to rebuild after a disastrous T20 World Cup campaign. Rohit has been named the new leader of the T20 team while Dravid has taken over from Ravi Shastri as head coach.
Team India opener KL Rahul, who became the latest to score a hundred at the hallowed Lord’s surface, stated that while he was pleased with the effort, for him every Test century is special. Rahul scored 129 off 150 balls, holding the Indian innings together under tough conditions.
Team India batsman KL Rahul has stated that one must be ready to do anything for the team and utilize whatever opportunity comes your comes. Rahul said that this is the one of the main lessons he has learnt from the last two years, when he was away from the Test scene
Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul feels that the team was unlucky last year in the IPL despite putting up some good performances. He further hoped that the change in name and jersey can change their fortunes as well. Kings XI Punjab have altered their name to Punjab Kings. Also, the franchise unveiled their new jersey for the upcoming season recently.
India captain Virat Kohli backed KL Rahul to come good soon after the opener failed to open his account yet again, in the third match of the T20I series against England. Rahul was bowled for a duck by Mark Wood, playing all across one that nipped back in. The 28-year-old has managed only one run in the series so far. The pressure on Rahul grew after India failed to recover from his early loss and went on to taste defeat in the third T20I by eight wickets.
The first test of the Border-Gavasker trophy between India and Australia is set to begin on the 17th of December, yet India aren’t too sure of the team combination they will be going ahead with, especially at the top. While Mayank Agarwal is a certain starter, there is some speculation over the batsman accompanying him. Let’s have a look at the players who might be donning the openers hat at some point during the four tests
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif paid a massive compliment to India’s limited-overs vice-captain on the current Australian tour -- KL Rahul. The ex-India batsman compared KL Rahul to India legend Rahul Dravid. According to Kaif, just like Dravid, Rahul has shown willingness to do whatever has been asked of him by the team management, be it keeping wickets or moving up and down in the batting order.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma have retained the top two positions in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. They stand first and second respectively as per the latest ranking released on Wednesday. In Test matches, Australia’s number one batsman Steve Smith is still ruling charts, followed by Kohli and in-form Aussie Marnus Labuschagne. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are the other Indians in the Test Top 10.