Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra wants KL Rahul to score in the second and final test of the two-match series, which begins on Thursday, December 22 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The Men in Blue won the first test by 188 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Rohit Sharma missed the first Test after suffering a thumb injury in the ODI series against Bangladesh. Shubman Gill scored his maiden Test century in the second innings. Stand-in captain KL Rahul scored just 22 and 23 in his two innings, and his place in the playing XI might have been in jeopardy if Rohit is fit and available.
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It Is Not That He Has Become A Bad Player – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said that there is nothing much to see from India’s point of view when it comes to KL Rahul’s poor run of form. Chopra highlighted that everyone seems to be baying for the Karnataka opener to be dropped at the moment.
“There is nothing much to see from India’s point of view. You want KL Rahul to score runs because he is an amazing player. It is not that he has become a bad player, but the environment in Indian cricket at the moment is that they are blaming Rahul whenever anything goes wrong.”
“They are asking when Rahul will get dropped. In India, when someone does well, we want the other one to be left out. We are so fickle-minded, we change our opinions so quickly. It seems at the moment that there is no player more ordinary than KL Rahul because that environment has been created.”
The 30-year-old has struggled with the bat in 2022 and has scored 125 runs in the three Tests at a dismal average of 20.83.
Virat Kohli Hasn’t Played Too Much Cricket – Aakash Chopra
Chopra wants Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara to continue their batting form in the Mirpur Test. Former Indian batter hopes Virat Kohli to end his century drought against Bangladesh in the second Test; his last century came against the same opposition in a pink-ball Test at Eden Gardens in 2019.
“I am looking for first-innings runs from Shubman Gill because you will need runs there. Cheteshwar Pujara – once again, a similar style. Runs from Virat Kohli’s bat. We were saying that Cheteshwar has scored a century after so many years.”
“The truth is that Virat Kohli’s last century came in the pink-ball Test at the Eden Gardens against Bangladesh in 2019. After that, a Test century has not come. He hasn’t played too much cricket as well but hasn’t scored too many runs in whatever he has played. So you expect runs from his bat, that he also scores a century.”
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