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‘KL Rahul may not be in the World Cup Playing XI,’ says ex-India coach of star batter’s ODI future.


With so many young talents vying for a spot in the Indian Playing XI, a former India coach believes KL Rahul will have to fight hard if he wants to make the team.

KL Rahul has been out of sorts for quite some time. Sure, the India batter has scored a few half-centuries since his return to the Indian team following a groyne injury, but he has been far from convincing and, more importantly, has failed to deliver in crucial games. Rahul, who was once considered an opening option for India, batted at No. 4 in the ODIs against Bangladesh, implying that the team management no longer sees him as a top-order contender in the Playing XI. Rahul scored a half-century in the first One-Day International against Bangladesh, but it was in vain.Furthermore, once Suryakumar Yadav returns, it will be interesting to see if Rahul remains a fit in the XI, especially once Ravindra Jadeja returns in the middle order.

With so much competition for the opening spot, former batting coach Sanjay Bangar believes Rahul’s place in India’s World Cup playing XI is in jeopardy. The former India all-rounder believes that Ishan Kishan’s recent double-century against Bangladesh in Chattogram will put a stop to Rahul’s chances. Aside from Ishan, Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Shubman Gill are also in the running. With so many promising young talents circling him, Bangar believes Rahul will struggle to make the Indian Playing XI when the World Cup arrives in India later this year.



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