Sourav Ganguly has joined the discussion regarding KL Rahul’s place in the Indian team, which has been one of the most-talked topic among the cricketing fraternity recently. India have won the first two matches in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 . But Rahul’s poor performances caught the eyes of critics who are questioning the management to justify the player’s inclusion in the Test team.
“When you don’t score runs in India, obviously you will get flak. KL Rahul hasn’t been the only one. There have been players in the past also. There’s so much focus and attention with lot of pressure on players. The team management thinks he is an important player for the team. At the end of the day, what coach and captain thinks is important,” Ganguly was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Perhaps the message from team management is that Shubman Gill has to wait: Sourav Ganguly
“He has performed but obviously you expect a lot more from a top order batter playing for India because the standards set by others are so high. When you fail for a while, obviously there will be criticism. I am sure Rahul has ability and I am sure as and when he gets more opportunities, he will have to find ways to score.
“I am sure when his (Shubman Gill) time comes, he will also get a lot of opportunities. I think the selectors, the captain and the coach think of him and rate him very highly. That’s why he is playing ODIs and T20Is, and he has performed as well. But at the present moment, perhaps message from team management is that he has to wait,” Ganguly added.
With a 2-0 lead, the Indian team will host Australia in the third match starting on March 1 at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.