New Delhi. Indian cricket team’s 30-year-old veteran batsman KL Rahul has almost completely recovered from hernia surgery. It was expected that he could be included in the team for the ODI series against Zimbabwe to be played on his own soil. However, due to not fully recovering from the Kovid-19 infection a few days before the team selection, he has not got a chance in the team once again. Meanwhile, in his absence, many players, performing well in his place, have forced the selectors to think about him.
In the absence of KL Rahul, Ishaan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda have made up for him. Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes that Indian youngsters are performing well but due to the influence of senior cricketers, they have to sit out most of the matches.
The former Kiwi star said during a special conversation with Sports-18, ‘It can be a different mindset of the players, because they do not want to go out of the team, and they do not want to give opportunities to other players. I know there is a good culture within the Indian group. So he doesn’t mind giving opportunities to other players all the time. I know myself as a player. You don’t want to let someone else take your place.
He further said, ‘Rahul was out of the team due to injury, due to which other players like Suryakumar got opportunities. These players also scored runs, capitalizing on the opportunity given. Pant did well. Scoring good runs when given an opportunity has raised the question in front of the selectors whether we really need Rahul now. Will he be in good form with his return? He has missed a lot of matches.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 05, 2022, 12:51 IST