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“Do We Really Need KL Rahul?”: Big Statement Of Former New Zealand Cricketer



India batsman KL Rahul is going through a tough phase after being injured and then testing positive for COVID-19. According to former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris, KL Rahul’s absence has given golden opportunities to players like Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant etc, and now the selectors must be wondering “do they really need a star batsman”. Rahul was named in the T20I squad for the series against West Indies but was dropped after testing COVID-19 positive prior to the series.

“It’s a different mindset for the players because they don’t want to be out and they don’t want to give opportunities to other players. I know India has a very good culture within the group, so it’s okay to allow other players.” There is no opportunity all the time. I know as a player myself, you never wanted to give someone else a chance to take your place,” Scott Styris said on SPORTS18’s show SPORTS OVER The TOP.

“So along with the fact that he is injured and he is away from the team at the moment, it simply means that the other players are capable of doing what Suryakumar is doing, what Rishabh Pant is doing, getting there, scoring runs. And in fact the selectors asked some questions saying, do we really need KL Rahul? Will he be in good form when he comes back? He has missed a lot of cricket, too many question marks now. He exists only because he is able to give that opportunity to other players.”

Before testing positive for COVID-19, Rahul had suffered an injury before the T20I series against South Africa, and did not participate in the five-match series.

Last week, Rahul issued a lengthy statement, saying that testing positive for COVID-19 has put his return “back by a few weeks”, but that his goal is to recover as soon as possible and be available for selection. Rahul wrote on Twitter: “Hey guys, just wanted to clarify a few things about my health and fitness. I had a successful surgery in June and started training with the hope of returning to national duty for the team tour . West Indies. Unfortunately, as I was close to being fully fit, I tested positive for COVID-19.”


“It naturally pushes things back a couple of weeks, but my goal is to recover as soon as possible, and be available for selection as soon as possible. It is the highest honor to represent the national team, and I look forward to getting out.” Can’t get back there in the blue,” he said.

India also announced the squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe from 18 August. Shikhar Dhawan will lead the side while Deepak Chahar is making a comeback after recovering from injury.

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