ODI World Cup 2023 | KL Rahul could miss playing XI for Indian side, claims Sanjay Bangar

India’s former batting coach Sanjay Bangar has opined that KL Rahul may not be on the ODI World Cup squad roster with plenty of competition for the top spots for the team. Rahul was out of color in 2022 and only managed to score 251 ODI runs averaging 27.88.

KL RahulDe’s struggle with the bat has been a concern for the Indian team in 2022. The batter has scored 251 ODI runs in 10 games with an average of 27.88 and a batting rate of 80.19 in 2022. Plus, he was sent to bat at No.4 in the ODI series against Bangladesh and that may be an indicator that the team management isn’t eyeing him for the top spot.

Ichan Kishan made his case to open the innings with a double century against Bangladesh. Besides Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubhman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan are also vying for the opening position. With so many youngsters fighting to earn a regular place in the national team, Sanjay Bangar thinks KL Rahul may not play for the Indian team in the ODI World Cup to be held this year.

“Given the kind of success that Ishan Kishan has had at the top of the order, which means KL Rahul will have to fight for a spot in the playing XI, and so I think KL Rahul may not do not part of the playing XI. in cricket over 50 at the moment,” Bangar told ESPNCricinfo

In 2022, the Indian team has seen seven players take on leadership roles. However, Hardik Pandya was backed as the next captain to lead India after Rohit Sharma. He led the Gujarat Titans to the title in their first IPL season. India are yet to lose a match under their captaincy. Bangar also praised Hardik saying he was a strong contender.

“Hardik Pandya’s career chart in regards to his captaincy is quite good because the way he led his team to the IPL championship was fabulous. So that meant that in the longer term he would be a serious contender for take over the reins from Rohit Sharma whenever the situation arises,” Bangar explained.

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