Cricket is a game of form and opportunities. As one star shines brighter, others might find themselves in the shadows. This is what seems to be happening with KL Rahul’s outstanding performances, which have inadvertently left three top players on the sidelines.
The ongoing Asia Cup 2023 has witnessed Team India battling it out at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Post their match against Bangladesh, they are gearing up for the final clash against Sri Lanka on September 17.
Rahul’s Midas Touch:
Questions surrounding Team India’s middle-order batting conundrum appear to be dissipating with KL Rahul’s formidable show. He’s had the chance to play twice in this tournament, with his crowning moment being the spectacular century against Pakistan. With such a performance, KL Rahul seems to have cemented his place in the team, sidelining contenders for the number four spot.
The Void and The Filling:
Rishabh Pant, Team India’s premier wicketkeeper-batsman, had suffered an injury late in 2022, leading to a prolonged absence from the squad. This absence had carved a gap in the team’s middle order, which Rahul has seamlessly filled with his consistency and flair.
Sanju Samson, another remarkable wicketkeeper-batsman, travelled with the squad to Sri Lanka as a standby player. Surprisingly, he hasn’t been given a single opportunity to prove himself in the Asia Cup 2023, even when four other players who hadn’t played until the Bangladesh match got their chances. Samson’s exclusion continues to raise eyebrows.
Suryakumar Yadav’s Dilemma:
Known for his 360-degree shots, Suryakumar Yadav is a force to be reckoned with in the T20 format, currently holding the top spot in the T20 International ranking. However, his record in ODIs has been less than stellar. With KL Rahul’s ascension in form, it appears that Rahul is now the go-to player for the number four position, further dimming Yadav’s chances.
Cricket is as much about seizing opportunities as it is about skill. KL Rahul’s resurgence might be a bane for some, but it’s a boon for Team India as they strengthen their middle order. However, the sidelined talents of Pant, Samson, and Yadav are undeniable, and it’s only a matter of time before they bounce back.