Former national selector Saba Karim says that KL Rahul should open the game along with skipper Rohit Sharma in the T20I games.
Saba Karim Praises KL Rahul
KL Rahul has not played any international cricket since February this year. KL Rahul missed out on all international series owing to injury and health strains.
KL Rahul has returned to the Indian squad and replaced Dhawan as the captain of the ODI team. KL Rahul who missed the England and Ireland series has also been named in India’s squad for the Asia Cup 2022.
Karim suggests Virat Kohli to bat at No.3 while names Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Rishabh Pant as India’s 4,5, and 6.
“KL Rahul being the vice-captain, I look at him as an opener with Rohit Sharma. I look at Virat Kohli at number 3 and Suryakumar Yadav at number 4.
But you know what, 4,5,6 has to be a very flexible kind of a position because in a T20 format, you look at 4,5,6 who can finish games for you and can also double up as a power hitter when required, can also stabilise the innings.
Those three batters at 4,5,6, my choice would be Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Rishabh Pant,” said Karim on SPORTS18’s daily sports news show ‘SPORTS OVER THE TOP’.
“And you can move them around depending on the number of overs you’re left with. But KL Rahul in my opinion should bat up the order with Rohit Sharma,” he added.
Team India will miss the service of Rohit Sharma and form out Virat Kohli in the Zimbabwe series. Virat Kohli who is expected to feature in the Zimbabwe series will straightly appear in the Asia Cup 2022 scheduled to kick start on August 27 in UAE.
“The BCCI Medical Team has assessed KL Rahul and cleared him to play in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has appointed him the captain of the side and named Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy,” the BCCI said in a statement.