Team India faces a very disappointing campaign in the form of the Asia Cup 2022. Though the tournament came for the Indian team as a blessing in disguise as Kohli found his form back becoming once again the highest run scorer for India scoring 276 including a century and two half centuries.
KL Rahul on the other hand had a rather disappointing run with only one half-century coming against Afghanistan where he opened alongside Virat Kohli as Rohit took a rest. Following Afghanistan match the talks of KL Rahul demoting himself for making a place for Kohli on the top.
However, former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who closely followed the Asia Cup and also mentored KL during IPL 2022 season with Lucknow, said things that came as music to the rates of KL Rahul and thundered like drums in the ears of the critics of KL Rahul.
Gautam said, “You know what happens in India? The moment someone starts doing very well… for example, when Virat Kohli scored a hundred in the last game, we all start forgetting what Rahul and Rohit have done over a long period of time. When you talk about Kohli opening the batting, imagine what happens to KL Rahul? Imagine the amount of insecurity he must be feeling. Imagine if he gets a low score in the first game, there will be another debate on whether Kohli should open in the next game.”
Further adding to his point he asked if we all have forgotten the contributions KL has made to the country.
“You don’t want your top-class players in that position, especially KL Rahul who has probably got more ability than Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli. Imagine KL Rahul going into the World Cup thinking, ‘what if I don’t score runs against Pakistan? What if I get replaced by Virat Kohli?’ You don’t want that.”
Gautam also accepted that Rohit would also be feeling the same insecurities with his slot.
“That’s the reason we shouldn’t entertain that question. Think from India’s point of view. Think from KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s point of view. Well, Rohit is the captain right now. Imagine if he was not the captain, what would he have felt? Everything falls down on KL Rahul,” said Gambhir.
“We should start thinking about how India can flourish, rather than certain individuals.”