After his poor form with the bat in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, KL Rahul had to bear the burnt as the selectors removed him as the vice-captain of the Test side and the team management dropped him from the final two matches of the series as well. His Test future is currently under the scanner, especially now after Shubman Gill hit a stunning century in the fourth and final match of the series. Gill has shown his class and it would be difficult for Rahul to return to Test cricket. And, former Australia international Shane Watson feels that he is concerned about his position in playing XI as well.
“The biggest thing about KL Rahul would be allowing himself the freedom just to take the game on. What Shubman Gill has done is come in and…yes he is playing on a very nice batting track as well compared to the other Test matches. But again, Gill is full of confidence and has got that real young exuberance with his aggression in taking on the game,” Watson said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
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“Unfortunately for Rahul, because he is concerned about his spot, he just doesn’t have that full freedom and fluency to make use of the skill that he has got. I am a huge fan of Rahul. I love the way he plays. Beautiful to watch. The biggest thing is that let that pressure go and take the ball as it comes because he has got immense skill and can take on and take down and defend the best balls in the world in all conditions. So that will be a big learning for him,” he further added.
Meanwhile talking about Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in Test cricket, Watson shared that Rohit is an experienced leader and he has got people like Rahul Dravid with him as well.
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“Rohit is a very experienced captain. Yes as a Test captain it is his first real big series, but he is an experienced leader and has got some great people around him like Rahul Dravid, who is a very special person himself. So any direction or guidance that he needs will come from him. The beauty of Rohit taking over India captaincy is the experience he has got and the success he has had having led Mumbai Indians, albeit in the shorter format,” Rohit Sharma concluded.