Indian veteran Aakash Chopra has backed Indian batsman KL Rahul. Chopra believes that Rahul is being wrongly targeted after the first Test match against Australia. The former India cricketer considers that the opener should retain his spot in the squad for the second Test in Delhi.
KL Rahul is backed
KL Rahul scored only 20 runs in India’s mammoth innings and a 132-run win in the opening Test in Nagpur. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra said there will not be much change in the Indian batting lineup. The cricketer-turned-commentator opined that Iyer likely to replace Suryakumar Yadav in the second Test.
He also mentioned the pressure on Rahul’s place as the opener is being targeted for no reason. However, he also said that, Rahul cannot be dropped just because an in-form Shubman Gill did not get a chance:
“I don’t see much scope for change in the Indian batting. Only one – Shreyas Iyer will come and Suryakumar Yadav will go. A little pressure has been created on KL Rahul. I hope he has a good match because the guy plays well and people are unnecessarily targeting him,” Chopra said.
“I know Shubman (Gill) is sitting outside but the incumbent player does not become bad because someone is sitting out. It is Cheteshwar Pujara’s 100th Test, so I am expecting him to have a good game,” he added.
The second Test between India and Australia of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy is set to be underway at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Friday, February 17. It has been noted that it will mark the first time that Delhi is hosting a Test after a gap of more than five years. It has come to light that massive ticket sales have been recorded for the match. India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series as they won the first Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur by an innings and 132 runs in two and a half days.