Indian batsman and part of the Kings XI franchise in the IPL, KL Rahul was not included in the Indian ODI squad for the third ODI played at Leeds and he does not know the reason why Virat Kohli took this decision.
India face England in the 3rd ODI at Leeds as the series is on the line. The team winning the match will walk away with the series and this has made things crucial all the more.
Virat Kohli said that it was a tactical decision to drop Rahul as he had not been able to perform well after notching an unbeaten hundred in the first T20. His next 4 innings did not yield great results and hence he cannot exactly blame the team management for dropping him.
BBC Test Match Special’s Charles Dagnall wrote after the toss: “We asked KL Rahul why he had been left out and he said he didn’t know.”
“We wanted to bat first anyway. Not much grass on it, so we expect the spinners to come into play in the second half. Looks fairly dry and it might break down a little. Bhuvi and Thakur come in for Umesh and Kaul. Rahul misses out for Karthik.”
“DK was a tactical change and the other two because they haven’t got a game yet. Karthik has done well in that spot and we wanted a guy in the middle overs who can be versatile and improvise a little,” said Kohli at the toss.
However given the talent that KL Rahul has, India would certainly have thought of giving him a little longer rope if they wanted to give Dinesh Karthik a nod. They could have certainly played him in place of Suresh Raina.