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With stats, Venkatesh Prasad blasts KL Rahul’s “overseas Test record” notion




Whenever KL Rahul’s name comes up on social media, the discussion is not complete without Venkatesh Prasad’s name. The former India pacer has without doubt been a staunch critic of Rahul in recent times, questioning his place in the Indian team despite repeated failures. After repeatedly questioning the support Rahul is getting from the Indian team management, Prasad has now ripped apart the ‘overseas Test record’ notion that some people feel the opener holds.

Prasad, in a series of tweets, questioned those backing India’s persistence with Rahul because of a great ‘overseas Test record’. The retired pacer instead highlighted that the Karnataka batsman has an overseas Test average of only 30 in 56 innings.

“It is believed that KL Rahul has a great overseas Test record. But the statistics say otherwise. He has a Test average of 30 in 56 innings overseas. He has scored 6 overseas hundreds but has had a string of low scores thereafter , so average 30. Let’s look at a few others,” Prasa tweeted along with a graphic highlighting Rahul’s overseason records.

The former India pacer also shared the statistics of the likes of other openers – Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane – suggesting their numbers are better than Rahul’s.

“Shikhar Dhawan has the best overseas average among recent openers. An average of almost 40 with 5 centuries. Although he has also not been consistent in Tests, he has had excellent hundreds in Sri Lanka and New Zealand, as well as a better There is also a domestic record.

“Mayank Agarwal struggled in overseas Tests after a great start in Aust. But he has the best home record ever. An average of nearly 70, 2 double 100s and 150s in 13 innings on the Wankhede pitch, where Everybody was fighting against great spin and had a great home season

“Shubman Gill has had a brief international career and averages 37 in 14 overseas innings, his 91 at the Gabba is one of the best overseas fourth innings and has been in excellent form.

“And if overseas performance is a criterion, Ajinkya Rahane followed the best overseas Test record, averaging over 40 in 50 Test matches overseas, despite being out of form and inconsistent before being dropped. Were and out…, wrote Venkatesh in a series of tweets.

Prasad also feels that Rahul has the best chance to return to form in the Indore Test. If he doesn’t do that then he should play county cricket.

“But with KL retained for the remaining 2 Tests, if he is selected in the playing 11, Indore is his best chance to get back in form and silence critics like me. Otherwise playing county cricket, Need to perform well and make one.” return to the Test side,” he concluded.

Rahul has been retained in the Indian team for the third and fourth Tests against Australia, but no longer carries the tag of ‘vice-captain’.

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