Twitter unhappy with KL Rahul’s inclusion: Fans were unhappy at the sight of the opening batsman being included for Sydney Test.
One of the major changes in India’s 13-member squad for the Sydney Test was the inclusion of opening batsman Lokesh Rahul. The same majorly happened due to middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma returning back to India to be with his wife and newborn daughter.
Rahul had opened for India in the first two matches, scoring 48 runs at an average of 12 and a strike rate of 50. It was such a year for Rahul where he scored 468 runs in 12 Test matches at an average of 22.28 and a strike rate of 59.01. Barring his 149 against England at The Oval, his 319 runs in 2018 have come at an average of 15.19.
Being given repeated opportunities despite his meagre numbers, Rahul would be hoping to make a significant impact if he is included in the playing XI tomorrow. The only reason behind him not being included would be if India decides to play both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin alongside three fast bowlers.
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Other than including him as a specialist batsman, India had the option to choose from either of Murali Vijay or Parthiv Patel.
Once the announcement of Rahul’s comeback was made, plentiful fans expressed their disbelief on social media platform on the same. Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Rahul below:
Where is ishant ? he would have scored more runs than kl rahul 😂
— arvind (@arvind_1352) January 2, 2019
@imVkohli @RaviShastriOfc Again KL Rahul? Don’t you think he belongs to Koffee With Karan only? Even you guys r winning and making hundreds but there is no feeing of happiness coz you guys keep favouring your friends! #favouritism
— Abby (@Callmeduffer) January 2, 2019
Surprise selction for last test.
Umesh yadav picked over Bhuvi??The reason why india lose in 2nd test.
KL rahul again included.Though he is talented player you just can’t play him in the form he is.
Its all politics happening.@bcci @bhogleharsha
— sahil doshi (@Sahil_nd) January 2, 2019
@samiprajguru Its very unfortunate that Ishant ruled out of test but Umesh is a good option on flat wicket…but KL Rahul shouldn’t be included, his confidence is already down, Parthiv is a good option..
— ABHINAV DUBEY (@ABHINAV12649) January 2, 2019
Weeds are so cheap in these days..Kl Rahul & Umesh are back in squad..No place for Ishant or Bhuvi.Even Hardik Pandya could have been a better option. Looks like we don’t wanna win This series.#DisgustingChoice
— Darkstar (@Darksta08957744) January 2, 2019
Rip selection committee & team management.. why R u giving more chance to kl rahul & Bhuvi is better bowler than umesh #AUSvIND
— S.K (@kumar97d) January 2, 2019
KL Rahul? Hasn’t BCCI got lessons. Give chance to Parthiv instead
— ashish (@akg4christ) January 2, 2019
KL Rahul & Umesh Yadav 🙈🙈🙈 so we have decided to lose the match.
— Aditya 📚🏏 (@MyTakeOn_) January 2, 2019
Instead of opening with kl rahul.. we can start the score at 0/1
— Himanshu Chhangani (@Himanshu_me) January 2, 2019
— Lovelyvicky (@Vengadesh_vicky) January 2, 2019
This is surely going to be last tour of KL Rahul…
Really Rahul should get a chance……?
He should be sent to FC and regain his confidence
— Sharukh Ragiwale (@SRagiwale) January 2, 2019
— Mahaveer singh choudhary (@Mveersingh111) January 2, 2019
Virat understands that Australian bowlers were disappointed in the 3rd test…that’s why he bring rahul….😄😄😄😄
— vijay misra (@vijaymisra19) January 2, 2019
Rahul ko le liya toh Vijay ko bhi le lete at least his name gives confidence
— anuj kumar (@anujkum32178066) January 2, 2019
Kl….rahul…ko india bhejo pehle usko ranji khilao….
— Siddhant Sharma (@Siddhan95451363) January 2, 2019
#AUSvIND #INDvsAUS Replace KL rahul to @parthiv9 v get left n right combination in opening mayank n parthiv , Umesh Yadav to @BhuviOfficial for last test, speed than consistency matter . @imVkohli @RaviShastriOfc
— Maulesh Pawar (@Maulesh_Pawar) January 2, 2019
This is seriously shitty team selection. @mvj888 Got a 💯 in practice match at SCG, and just dropped after 2 matches is not given a chance, whereas @klrahul11 Who has been given 19 test innings and has failed (other than one off in England) is preferred ahead.
— Saurabh Khatod (@Saurabh105) January 2, 2019
K L Rahul se kya rishta hai ?
Kuchh na karne ke baad bhi team mein bana hua hai.
— Deepak Prajapati (@deepakkrp9) January 2, 2019
Fully agree with you..kl is the waste player he must be good at scratching kohalis back otherwise no reason why he has been constantly pushed in to playing 11 despite of repeated failure…
— Ganesh Sonone (@ImGaneshSonone) January 2, 2019
Wow guys Rahul is back. I think team management were missing his lack of scoring in 3rd test. They were finding a way to take him in the team and Rohit gave the chance 😠😠. Come on guys . Aur koi milta nahi hai kya….
— Aditya singh (@Adityas53467502) January 2, 2019
Well done BCCI
Vijay is out
Rahul is in after so many flop shows
— निष्कर्ष (Nishh) (@Nishkarsh1108) January 2, 2019