Twitter reactions on Lokesh Rahul’s dismissal: Twitter wants the opening batsman to be dropped post his lean patch.
During the first day of the first Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia, India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul became the first Indian batsman to be dismissed cheaply, starting a spree which saw three more batsmen walking back to the pavilion in the first session.
Opening the batting with Murali Vijay, Rahul played a loose drive on the last ball of just the second over. Post the Josh Hazlewood delivery taking the edge of Rahul’s bat, it landed safely in Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch’s hands at third slip as the Indian batsman got out for 2 (8).
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2018
Since the start of 2018, Rahul has returned with Test scores of 10, 4, 0, 16, 54, DNB, 4, 13, 8, 10, 23, 36, 19, 0, 37, 149, 0, DNB, 4, 33* and 2. All in all, he has scored 422 runs in 19 innings at an average of 23.44 and a strike rate of 59.85 this year. While such paltry numbers would usually call for anyone’s axing, Rahul has been enjoying the benefit of possessing a lot of potential.
There were widespread calls of Rahul being dropped ahead of the ongoing Test. However, an injury to Prithvi Shaw said of the otherwise. For a 26-year old opener playing his 32nd Test match, there are a lot many expectations from Rahul.
In which was the first Test of a vital Test series, Rahul was expected to at least spend some time in the middle, get his eye in and then look to up the ante. That being said, it was only the second over of the match when Rahul looked to fancy a drive outside the off-stump.
Fans on social media platform Twitter were livid with Rahul, calling for him to be dropped from India’s Test playing XI. Rahul would be looking to make amends in the second innings for without which the suggestions to leave him out are only going to increase.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Rahul below:
— Moksh Jain (@MokshRJain) December 6, 2018
#AUSvIND Day 1, Session 1.
4 wickets down. Almost similar shots played by all 4 players. Absolutely unnecessary at the start of the game. Especially by KL Rahul and Virat.
You can see the lack of patience especially when you compare to how Pujara is playing. So focused.
— Akshay Parvatkar (@camera_wala) December 6, 2018
Kl Rahul is absolutely waste he can give a way to another batsman in his spot #INDvAUS
— Naveen Gr (@NaveenGr20) December 6, 2018
— Mandar (@Mandar90554510) December 6, 2018
Kohli giving more chances to KL Rahul than any other player
— చంచల్ గూడ జైలు పక్షి (@ycheap_ers) December 6, 2018
The excitement level ahead of the game was infinity. Thhe wicket of KL Rahul settled the nerves as it confirmed are ye purana wala hi hai..#INDvsAUS
— Suraj Shukla (@suraj_writes) December 6, 2018
Don’t they know the merits of having consistently scoring runs at the top of the order?#INDvAUS
— Bharat Mata ki Jai (@bluntonomics) December 6, 2018
— Adithya Jayasimha (@adithyaJS) December 6, 2018
To much of fame can make u like #KLRahul
— Vedant (@Vedant00730459) December 6, 2018
#AUSvIND Why kl Rahul is still opening for India when we have a option like Rohit Sharma who’s in best form of his career and also a opener
— Shubham Dalmia (@ShubhamDalmia16) December 6, 2018
— Dark Matter (@FoolPakharu) December 6, 2018
This dude KL Rahul is more fit to be in the gym, tattoo parlor and modeling studio.
— Sree Harsha Deekonda (@sree_dee28) December 6, 2018
https://t.co/fCbvLZrH1E we really need this kl Rahul in our team again and again
— Ashwin J Muttath (@AshwinJMuttath1) December 6, 2018
@imVkohli When will you drop Kl Rahul from XI? Only You and Team management thinks he performs. So only Friendship between You and Kl makes him a permanent place in XI? I don’t find any reason to play Kl with his long term failures except 149.
— Deya_Nidhi_25 (@deya_nidhi) December 6, 2018
Wrost player of the India cricket history Kl Rahul prem humari team India ko le dubegaaaa captain and coach Sahab he’s wrost y again n again giving chances we don’t have another batsman’s?????
— Raj (@kamraj78562636) December 6, 2018
Failed against Eng ,WI , AUS
I think KL Rahul waiting for series against Zimbabwe
where He can show his class
&. say Shut up haters 😂😂😂
— Bhushan (@Bhushn0409) December 6, 2018
Just checked out the scores for #INDvAUS 😂😂. Will we finally see the day where Rohit Sharma saves the day in an overseas test? 🤯 KL Rahul’s test career may finally be done.
— Sushrutha (@3eyeview) December 6, 2018
KL Rahul is the guy who topped every mock exam in your coaching class, but scored a miserable 30 percent every time he sat to write the real exam.
— Tripathi Shivam (@Itripathishivam) December 6, 2018