Day by day IPL is being more crucial for the upcoming world cup to be hosted by England and Wales. In the last match of Kings XI vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warner’s 70 runs in 62 balls helped the guest team to reach 150 scores. The middle order of SRH once again failed to post a big score on board. But the last game showed a significant improvement of the middle order of Kings XI Punjab.
Though the pitch was not in favor of batting the classy pair of Mangalore born Lokesh Rahul and Bangalore born Mayank Agarwal guided their team in style by adding a personal score of 70 (53 balls, Not Out) and 55(43) to his team’s total of 151- 4. The pair’s 100 plus stand following the early departure of Gayle helped in winning the match by 6 wickets.
The pair kept themselves busy at the crease by playing very few dot balls and denied wickets to the guest team’s best bowlers. K L Rahul was named as Man of the match. KXIP have not lost a game at home ground this season. With this win KXIP move to the third spot in points table whereas SRH comes down to the fourth. This match may become one of the deciding factors for finalizing the Indian squad for the upcoming big tournament.
Who is going to be a perfect opener for the Indian team? This is the exact question for which the selection committee of team India must be watching IPL in an open eye. From the last match of IPL Kings XI vs SRH, they may get the solution to the problem, by giving a chance to K L Rahul in India world cup squad.
The woes of Indian openers have been the reason for the many losses in recent overseas games. So this is the time the selectors should take note of the players who are not performing consistently overseas and must try to give youngsters a chance. Sometimes the performances of the young players like Rahul become more important than that of inconsistent performance of an experienced player in the team.
In his international career, there are many events that show his skill as an opening batsman. In his test debut in Boxing day test beginning on 26 December 2014 at the Melbourne Cricket ground, he replaced Rohit Sharma. He came to bat at number 6 and made 3 runs in the 1st innings. In the second innings, he played at 3 and made only 1 run.
Rahul retained his place for the fourth test played at Sydney and opened the innings with Murali Vijay and made 110 runs. In another event, second test match with Sri Lanka in 2015, he replaced Shikhar Dhawan and made a second test century, 108 runs from 190 balls. India won that match, and Rahul was named as the man of the match. Now the time has come for the selectors to think of him once or twice before announcing the India world cup squad 2019.