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‘You can be drop…’: Ex-Indian cricketer fires huge warning to KL Rahul | Cricket

After resting for the entire New Zealand white-ball series, opener KL Rahul will spearhead the Men In Blue’s batting attack against Bangladesh. Team India badly missed out on the services of batting superstars Rahul, Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma as the Shikhar Dhawan-led side suffered a 1-0 defeat to New Zealand side Kane Williamson.

Even though substitute skipper Dhawan has been included in the ODI squad, the veteran opener is highly unlikely to open the innings with skipper Rohit against the hosts. India’s all-format opener Rahul is also the designated vice-captain of the Indian side in the limited-overs format. The side coached by Rahul Dravid last played Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli and Rahul together in an Indian ODI XI in March 2021.

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He shares his thoughts on Rahul’s recent form in a media interaction hosted by Sony Sports Network, former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh advised the Indian vice-captain to take a fearless approach in white-ball cricket. The former cricketer also believed that even a vice-captain from the Indian team can be ousted.

“KL Rahul seems to have fallen into a shell since the Zimbabwe series. He needs to come out as we know what kind of classy cricketer he is. You can’t even use 5-6 overs up front in ODI cricket. He needs a taking a fearless approach in T20 and ODI cricket. You can be dropped even if you are a vice-captain,” said Singh.

Indian vice-captain Rahul scored 128 runs in six innings with a strike rate of nearly 120 at the 2022 T20 World Cup. The batting batting leader scored two half-centuries on Australia’s showpiece. India were outplayed by eventual champions England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. The 30-year-old scored 1665 runs in 45 ODIs for India. The Rahul-starrer side will meet hosts Bangladesh in the 1st ODI on Sunday.

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