Indian batting superstar and T20I vice-captain KL Rahul is back in the Indian side after a lengthy layoff from the injury. However, his return hasn’t been as pleasant as he hoped. Rahul has failed to get going in the first two games of the Asia Cup, and questions have already been raised over his place in the Indian team. With a player like Rishabh Pant missing out against Pakistan, fans are calling for the exclusion of KL Rahul from the playing XI.
KL Rahul was dismissed for a golden duck in the high-voltage game against Pakistan and he played a pretty scratchy knock against the minnows Hong Kong in the second game. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav has backed his teammate amid the ongoing struggles. Suryakumar Yadav played a whirlwind match-winning knock against Hong Kong and helped India to qualify for the Super 4. He deservingly won the Player of the Match award and came to attend the post-match conference for India.
“Aap bol rahe ho ke KL bhai ko nahi khilana chahiye?” – Suryakumar Yadav
While addressing the post-match conference after India’s victory, SKY was asked if he should open the batting for India, to which he was quick to give a cheeky reply: “Aap bol rahe ho ke KL bhai ko nahi khilana chahiye? (So you mean to say that KL should be dropped?).”
He further backed KL Rahul while also adding that he is open to bat at any position for the team and he has already clarified his stance to Rahul Dravid and the team management.
“He (Rahul) is coming back from an injury, he also needs some time. We have some time right now. As far as I am concerned, I have always said that I am very flexible to bat at any number. I have told the coach and captain that make me bat at any number, but just play me. Things will go on. There are a lot of things we are also trying. Instead of doing it at practice, it is better to try those things during a match. We will get a better idea, so we will see how it goes,” said Suryakumar Yadav.
SKY displayed another batting masterclass against Hong Kong as he blasted unbeaten 68 runs off 26 deliveries, including six maximums. Virat Kohli also found his form back with an unbeaten 59 runs off 44 deliveries. India will next play their first game of Super 4 on Sunday as they are likely to face Pakistan for the 2nd time in the competition. India will be up against the winner of the game between Pakistan and Hong Kong.